Readathon in Residence

We all know the power of a good story. In hospital, this becomes a super-power. Launched this year, our brand new initiative pairs authors and illustrators with hospital schools. Meeting a real life author is inspiring and special, and we realised we were uniquely placed to make this happen for children in hospital.

David Almond, Great North Children’s Hospital (Newcastle)

David’s novels for children and teens are both hugely popular and highly acclaimed. Since Skellig, he’s twice won the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, as well as the  Carnegie Medal and the prestigious 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award.

Cerrie Burnell, Great Ormond Street (London)

Much-loved  CBeebies presenter, Cerrie is rapidly becoming a well-established author with five books under her belt. She’s a 2016 World Book Day author.

Jeanne Willis, Evelina Children’s Hospital (London)

Jeanne has written over 80 titles including picture books, novels and television scripts and won numerous awards.

Andy Cope, Queen’s Medical Centre (Nottingham)

Andy is the author of the hugely successful Spy Dog and Spy Pup series, which have sold almost a million copies worldwide.

The Phoenix with Jamie Littler, Royal Free (London)

The weekly comic for children is packed with new and exciting story-strips from top children’s writers and illustrators, including Jamie Littler’s Cogg and Sprokit.

Tom Percival, Gloucester Royal Hospital 

Tom is a writer and illustrator with the third book in his Little Legend series out this year. He also creates picture books and illustrates the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series.

Holly Webb, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Holly’s written over 100 books for children including the popular Animal Stories series and a sequel to The Secret Garden.

Bringing authors to hospital schools is a fantastic initiative which I’m honoured to be part of. Books are adventures you can go on without leaving your room. They are dark forests and wild seas and doors to enchanted worlds. Hearing an author read their work, finding out why they write and how they dream up their ideas, is a step closer to being part of the magic.

Cerrie Burnell