Tag: Hospital

A little bit of festival magic; Vicky Pember describes why working in partnership with major literary festivals feels so special.

There’s something so magical about meeting the author of your favourite book and hearing about their inspiration for the story. As Bath Children’s Festival get underway this week, thousands of children will have the opportunity to do just this. My colleague, Heidi Perry and I have been lucky enough to have worked with Bath Children’s […]

The Kids of Readalot – sounds like a great novel – but actually they’re a band of brothers who love to read so much they’re doing our BIG HOLIDAY READ! PLUS they’ve shared their brilliant blog with us!

The Kids of Readalot

Hello everyone! It’s the start of the second week of our summer holidays and we wanted to tell you about one of the things we’re doing over the summer. A couple of weeks ago we signed up to take part in Read For Good’s Big Holiday Read. The aim of the Big Holiday Read is […]

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys get their bookbuzz with Readathon!

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

Hi, I’m the librarian in Wilmington Grammar School for Boys and I have been running Readathon for a number of years now. Each year has got progressively better in terms of involvement and money raised through introducing an element of competition. This year has been the best yet, raising in the region of £2,700! Readathon […]

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 […]

Jeanne Willis leaps in to Neverland in her role as Readathon in Residence author at Evelina Children’s Hospital

Jeanne Willis

According to Peter Pan, all children except one, grow up. It’s a lovely fantasy but the sad reality is that not all children do. Hopefully, most of the young patients I met on my Readathon author visits to Evelina Children’s Hospital will go on to lead long and happy lives, but despite the best medical […]

Author Ben Holden, writes about his new anthology – Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups – which he has just published in support of Readathon

Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups, Ben Holden

In Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups, I explore night, dreams, sleep and storytelling through (short) great works of literature (prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction). The project was inspired by the joy of reading bedtime stories to my own young children, a primal routine that has also allowed me to commune with my own inner-child. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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