Category: Storytellers

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, Readathon storyteller Jen Lunn shares the magic of storytelling for children in hospital.

Me – “Can you see what it says on the back of my t-shirt?” Child – “I’m a Readathon Storyteller” Me – “Yeah. The thing is… I’m a bit of a cheat.” Intrigued look from child. Me – “You see, I’m actually a story collector.” I have been pushing my wonderful mobile bookcases of Readathon […]

Storyteller Michael Loader remembers Henry Bromberg, our incredible Young Ambassador who lost his battle with a rare heart condition last month.

I got to know Henry and his family through telling stories with Readathon at the Royal Gloucester Hospital. We always made up stories together from a bag of objects I bring along when visiting children and families. The first time we met Henry took out every single object and connected them together to make an […]

Readathon’s super Storyteller Steve inspires Limavady Grammar School with tales of his regular visits to Belfast’s children’s hospital

Steve at Limavady Grammar School

I made the epic journey to Limavady (Leim an Mhadaidh, which is Irish for ‘Leap of the Dog’), Co. Derry, armed with my Didgeridoo, a plethora of musical instruments, an orange polo-shirt and a sack full of stories. When I arrived at Limavady Grammar School, I was given a very warm welcome by Claire Gordon, Head […]

Read Amelia’s charming story ‘The Bird Princess’ – created with Readathon Storyteller, Graham, during her stay in Birmingham Children’s Hospital

A story by Amelia with Readathon storyteller Graham Langley Once upon a time in a distant land there lived a beautiful bird. She was a princess of birds and her feathers were bright blue and red.  Her palace was in a tall pointed tree in the middle of the woods ant it was surrounded by […]

How storytelling transcends barriers in hospitals by Readathon storyteller, Graham.

Readathon sessions are going from strength to strength at Hull Royal Infirmary. Every six weeks I take my stories and promote Readathon’s wonderful bookcase in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary. Recently in Hull, I had a lovely visit with a girl who I’d met at a previous session there; she was back in […]

Around every corner … our Readathon storytellers entertain more than just the patients in hospital!

In the school session there were some great kids. There was this one boy from Czechoslovakia. They told me he didn’t speak English. I tried to make the story as physical as possible but the whole time he just kept his head down, methodically working down a page of sums. I thought that he was […]

Sometimes superheroes reside in the hearts of small children fighting big battles – observations of a Readathon Storyteller in hospital

At Addenbrook’s Hospital in Cambridge, Peter and I talked about videogames, our favourite books and films, Lego, why he wants to be an engineer when he grows up, and (my all-time favourite convo) superheroes. I asked him what superpower he would have if he could have any superpower. First he tried some clever tricks, such […]

A strange dude with a head full of stories and a trolley load of books sharing stories with the fabulous Melissa

Melissa is 14 years old. Whatever condition she is suffering from means that she can barely move. I was very worried about her lack of ability to let me know whether she actually wanted to hear a story.  I *hate* to tell stories to people who would rather be doing something else. A Readathon storyteller […]

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