Tag: storytelling

Fresh from a sell-out session for schools at The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Read for Good Storyteller Wilf Merttens shares some of his ‘Storytelling Secrets of The Universe’!

Wilf at Cheltenham

What did you do last Tuesday? I co-wrote an epic legend with approximately three hundred and fifty 5-7yr olds. They were an uncommonly enthusiastic and talented hoard, my collaborators. Our collective efforts took place in a workshop entitled Storytelling Secrets of the Universe as part of the schools programme at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival, […]

Kate Powling Director of the Siobhan Dowd Trust, shares why the Trust has chosen to support Read for Good’s hospital programme for the last six years.

Storyteller Steve Lally with patient

The Trust was set up by the childrens’ and young adults’ author Siobhan Dowd, who in the last days of her life established a trust to use the income from her writing to fund reading projects for disadvantaged young people. Or – as the Trust mission statement goes – to provide books for the children […]

Carmel Herrick, the School Room Team Manager at Gloucester Royal Hospital School reflects on the impact Read for Good’s hospital programme has on the children’s ward.

Read for Good's mobile bookcase

The Read for Good bookcase has been on the Children’s Ward for four years and is enjoyed and appreciated by young people, parents, medical staff and definitely the teachers. As we wheel it around the ward, families’ eyes light up as they spot the range of books. Parents spot books they loved as children and […]

Shhhh, we have made it to to the end of term! Readathon Social Media Co-ordinator, Jo, reflects on a busy term at Readathon HQ.

Spring term has always been the busiest on our calendar but this year more than ever it has been a joy to engage online with our schools, libraries, teachers, authors, partners and even a Hollywood Movie Producer (of Despicable Me fame), John Cohen (OK, it was one retweet – but, you know, WOW!).  From photos […]

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 […]

A-Level student and bookworm Holly Mc Sweeny explains how a passion for reading led her first to work experience and then to a volunteer post at Readathon

Stroud High School

My name is Holly McSweeney. I am currently studying for A levels and I am also a profound book lover. Recently I had to find somewhere to spend my work experience week, and searched for weeks for something I would enjoy that was linked to my love of English and reading.  When I stumbled across […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]