Tag: storyteller

One-Day Readathon at Castle Manor Academy gets the whole school buzzing and brings even struggling readers on board!

Castle Manor Academy

We have been running Readathon at Castle Manor Academy for the last 3 years, ever since I took on the role of Librarian, and each year we challenge ourselves to do better than the previous year. I’ve found it most effective to build up a buzz around Readathon for a few weeks leading up to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Henry inspires a whole school

We visited the Readathon website & downloaded & used a lot of the extra materials found on there, such as posters but we especially loved the videos both for Secondary Schools & Teachers on running Readathon but the one video we found that made the most impact was called Henry’s Story and was a recorded […]