Shakespeare’s Globe is working with Walker Books and RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) on "Shakespeare Telling Tales", a storytelling event that will be accessible to blind and partially sighted children.
The event, organised by Globe Education (the education arm of the Globe) to celebrate storytelling, will feature talks by Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Browne and Michael Morpurgo.
Giles Abbott, a blind storyteller, will run a Shakespeare-inspired workshop for blind and partially sighted children, and RNIB staff will be on hand to help visitors explore the festival using braille and giant print books.
In addition, an area called "Bottom’s Book Market" will feature "audio storytelling trees" and "braille pillars" telling the stories of Walker titles like Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Jilly Murphy's Five Minutes’ Peace.
Claire Maxwell, reading services manager at RNIB, said: “Events like this are a fantastic way to get children excited about books and storytelling, and it’s great to see Shakespeare’s Globe expanding accessibility in new ways. We look forward to working together to raise awareness of the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people, and hope this is the start of a wonderful partnership.”
"Shakespeare Telling Tales" takes place at the Globe from 29th-31st July, with tickets at £6-10.