Tag: storytelling

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 […]