A three day literary wonderland will descend on the banks of the River Thames from 18 October, celebrating the importance of reading and bringing the magical world of stories to life to mark Read for RNIB Day.
Research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) found that only seven per cent of books are accessible to almost 2 million blind and partially sighted people in the UK. This is something RNIB is set on changing. Designed to highlight the importance of reading, visitors to Hibernia Wharf in London Bridge are invited to experience the joy of reading through all of the senses: smell, touch, taste, sound and sight.
Decorated with imagery from Alice in Wonderland, the area will be divided into five distinct sections, each designed for families to get stuck in, have fun, learn about Read for RNIB Day and perhaps go on to host their own literary event. Starting with falling through the rabbit hole just like Alice, guests will be able to sit in the enchanting Mad Hatter’s story corner and listen to well-known children’s tales or visit the forest of talking mushrooms to hear quotes from familiar novels. Books, including signed copies, will also be available to purchase with all proceeds donated to the charity.
You can get involved on the day…
Michael Palin CBE and RNIB celebrity supporter, said:
“Read for RNIB Day on 19 October is about having fun and raising money for services such as braille, large print and audio books which can be a lifeline to people with sight loss. You can get involved on the day or you can hold your event or challenge on any date during October. RNIB needs your help and every penny raised will make a real and lasting difference.”
RNIB’s literary wonderland is open 18-20 October 2012, 9.00-18.00. Cathedral Square, Hibernia Wharf, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
Or alternatively get involved with your own event! Check out all of the information on the RNIB website.