Reading our local papers together

Welcome to the County Durham Talking Newspaper, a free audio resource for people with sight loss.  We record local news stories and other features from our region’s papers including court cases, village events, council decisions, opinion and nostalgia pieces…and the sort of random snippet you might read aloud to a companion in your sitting room.  

readerOur service has continued without a break throughout the pandemic and currently provides around 100 listeners with a 90 minute recording every fortnight.  

To become a listener, call Alice Severs on 0191 384 8102.  Our talking newspaper is completely free (including postage) to visually impaired people living in and around County Durham. 

Our sources include The Northern Echo, The Sunday Post, the Teesdale Mercury, The Darlington & Stockton Times,  The Sunday Sun (Chronicle) and certain magazines. We sometimes record our own interviews or audiobooks and (pandemic years excepted) we also cover the Durham Miners’ Gala with all its wonderful music and comments from the crowds.

Christina, editor and reader


Les: reader