UK audiobook charity Calibre Audio has teamed with the Hay Festival 2021 as accessibility partner. The charity lends free audiobooks to any UK citizen who is print-disabled.
Meanwhile, the Hay Literary Festival is a world-famous festival celebrating literature and the arts. It takes place in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye every year.
Now, the charity will provide a digital platform for its free-to-join membership base to further open up the Festival’s books, events and authors to visually-impaired and print-disabled audiences.
The free digital programme for Hay’s 34th spring edition brings together more than 300 acclaimed writers, global policy makers, historians, poets, pioneers and innovators, launching the best new fiction and non-fiction.
Now, with Calibre, users have access to: a dedicated children’s section, a list of all appearing authors, and a range of podcasts that will be available year-round.
Speaking of the partnership, Anthony Kemp, CEO of Calibre Audio, said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Hay Festival to connect our members with such an exciting and important programme.
“We truly believe that events, activities and the conversations they start should be available to everyone, and we are thankful to Hay Festival for supporting us in this mission.”
Meanwhile, Maggie Kerr, development director at Hay Festival, added: “Over the past year, Hay Festival’s digital editions have reached more festival goers than ever before.
“Partnering with Calibre Audio for our next UK edition will open this audience even further to those who are visually impaired or print disabled.
“We are delighted to bring writers and readers together in accessible and inclusive events this spring and hope you too will join us there.”