FOR Book Week Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to create an audiobook.
The stories in the accessible book are based around theme of ‘Nourish’.
This year, the writers of the stories have been given the chance to record the stories in their own voice.
Some of the authors visited the RNIB studios in Glasgow and learned about the important work the charity does for the blind and partially sighted people of Scotland.
Contributors to the Nourish audiobook include bestselling author Mary Contini and Dave Myers of The Hairy Bikers. Writer and poet Liz Niven also pops up in the collection.
Robert Kirkwood, RNIB Radio Producer, said: “RNIB are delighted to be working with Scottish Book Trust on this project, bringing a joy of reading to everyone, regardless of their sight condition.”
The audiobook will be downloadable for Book Week Scotland, which runs from 27 November to 3 December. There will also be an e-version available from library lending services.
RNIB have been producing audio books for 82 years. The service is completely free to blind and partially sighted people, and now the books are available on CD, USB and as a digital download via RNIB Overdrive.
There are over 170,000 people in Scotland alone with a significant sight problem and over two million across the UK.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “It’s always a delight to work with RNIB, and this year we are thrilled that writers were able to record their own stories for Book Week Scotland.
“It’s vitally important that our resources are accessible to all, and we are grateful to the RNIB team for making the Nourish audiobook possible.”