RNIB are very proud to work with the Booker Prize Foundation to ensure blind and partially sighted people have access to the best literature of our times through the Man Booker Prize.
People with sight loss have a limited choice of books in accessible formats. They often have to wait much longer than their sighted peers for books to be made available to them and there are many more that they will never have the chance to read. RNIB is working closely with the Booker Prize Foundation to change this story.
First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is recognised as the leading prize for literary fiction in English. It is open to writers of any nationality for novels written in English and published in the UK. Prior to 2014, only citizens of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe were eligible for the prize.
The rules of the prize were changed at the end of 2013 to embrace the English language ‘in all its vigour, its vitality, its versatility and its glory’, opening it up to writers beyond the UK and Commonwealth. Paul Beatty, author of “The Sellout”, made history in 2016 as the first writer from the United States to win the Prize.
The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity responsible for the award of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and for the Man Booker International Prize since its inauguration in 2005.
This year’s shortlist of 6 novels was announced on 13 September and almost all of the titles, including those from the longlist are available from RNIB Library in a range of accessible formats, including Braille, Giant Print, and Talking Books.
RNIB has a longstanding relationship with the Booker Prize Foundation to bring some of the year’s very best novels to blind and partially sighted people. We work hard to make sure all of the six shortlisted Man Booker Prize titles are available in accessible formats as close to the shortlist announcement as possible.
The Booker Prize Foundation funds the production of the shortlisted titles in braille, giant print and talking books, which RNIB produces by the date the winner is announced and as close to the shortlist announcement as possible. The accessible versions are then made available to the tens of thousands of blind and partially sighted members of RNIB Library.
The shortlist of six books will be announced on Wednesday 13 September at a morning press conference at Man Group, an active investment management firm which sponsors the Man Booker Prize.
Each of these will be made available in a range of accessible formats through RNIB Library so that blind and partially sighted people can join in the discussions about their favourites.
The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday 17 October with the ceremony broadcast by the BBC.