What are talking publications?
Click here to listen to an example of both our Newspaper and Magazine.
Talking newspapers and magazines, like those published by the South Wales Talking Magazine Association, provide local news and information on Memory Sticks (USB) for visually impaired people to listen to in the comfort of their own homes. Talking newspapers and magazines really do help visually impaired people keep more in touch.
Anyone who is entitled to free postage under the terms of the Royal Mail's "Articles for the Blind" service can receive our publications free of charge.
From our studio in Cardiff, two regular publications are produced on Memory Sticks (USB):
The weekly Cardiff Talking Newspaper
and the monthly South Wales Talking Magazine.
Memory Sticks (USB) are distributed each week & month and they can be played on any standard Memory Stick (USB) player including those from the RNIB Talking Book Service. Home computers and many radios and TVs also have USB connections.
The Cardiff Talking Newspaper contains local Cardiff news and features edited from the South Wales Echo, courtesy of Media Wales. It lasts about 60 minutes.
A team of volunteers edit and record the local news in the Association's studio every week. The Memory Sticks (USB) are then duplicated and sent through the post so that visually impaired people get their summary of the week's local news for the weekend.
The news we select from the daily print editions is intended to complement the main news heard on radio or television.
The South Wales Talking Magazine is produced monthly and is a sound magazine created entirely by the Association’s own team of reporters. It contains items of particular interest to people with a sight impairment, general features, reports on events, interviews and regular contributions such as ‘Birthday Greetings’, ‘Postbag’ and ‘Quiet Corner’.