The event, now in its third year, is the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s annual fundraising event and it calls on the public to take part in various activities in order to help raise money so that people with sight loss have better access to books.
Joanna Trollope attended the Chipping Campden Literary Festival in May this year in aid of Read for RNIB Day. Joanna spoke all about her long standing support for RNIB – she has been a campaigner for many years. Read our news article about Joanna’s appearance at the Chipping Campden Literary Festival.
Joanna comments; ‘We spend a lot of time, rightly, worrying about saving lives, but the thing RNIB does is save people’s sanity as being able to read really does stop people being going round the bend. That is why I am supporting Read for RNIB Day. It should be automatic that as soon as a book is published, it is made available to the blind or partially sighted.’
Top children’s author of horror and fantasy books, Darren Shan has sold over 25 million books. This year he has kindly offered his time as a potential prize for any school participating in Read for RNIB Day.
Darren Shan comments; ‘As a child, I loved escaping into the world of books, and I think that everyone should be offered that opportunity. I am supporting Read for RNIB Day to help raise money for braille, large print and audio books, which can be a lifeline to children with sight loss. I urge schools all over the UK to sign up and get involved. Every little bit helps RNIB open up a world of reading to everyone. And it’s fun too!’
Joanna Trollope was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh’s College, Oxford. From 1965 to 1967, she worked at the Foreign Office. From 1967 to 1979, she was employed in a number of teaching posts before she became a writer full-time in 1980.
Trollope’s books are generally upmarket family dramas and romances, that somewhat transcend these genres via striking realism in terms of human psychology and relationships. Several of her novels have been adapted for television. The best-known is The Rector’s Wife.