Calibre supports Cityread London 2016

  |  Published: Mar 31st 2016
Cityread CD

Local charity Calibre Audio Library has been chosen to support the major reading campaign, Cityread London 2016.

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. 

Calibre had recorded the chosen read – Gillian Slovo’s Ten Days - and will be making hundreds of MP3CD copies available to blind and partially sighted people across the capital through the 33 London borough libraries. Cityread London’s main sponsor Audible will be making the book available to download free to new subscribers.

Christine Ronaldson, Calibre Audio Library’s Head of Literature and Audio Book Production said: “We are thrilled to be involved with Cityread London 2016 as we are passionate about sharing the joy of reading. For over 40 years we have been making books available to the print disabled community. Our partnership will ensure that both sighted and non-sighted readers will have access to this great book.”

Andy Ryan, Founding Director of Stellar Libraries CIC said: “At Cityread we try to ensure that as many people as possible can be part of our enormous London-wide book group.  Working with Calibre enables us reach new audiences and share the joy of shared reading activity with print disabled people.  Our library partners are excited to have this amazing resource to use with existing and new readers.”

A month-long programme of events will take place across London including an interactive digital storytelling installation in Foyles, Charing Cross Road from 31st March to 7th May 2016 featuring Audible produced audio content.

Previous featured books have included Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist; Sebastian Faulks’ A Week in December; Ben Aaronovich’s Rivers of London and Louisa Young’s My Dear I Wanted to Tell You.

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