Meeting the author Sarah Webb at our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC)
World Book Day 2018 happened to coincide with Storm Emma last Thursday 1st March. However the award winning children’s book champion and writer for both children and adults, Sarah Webb, was more than happy to celebrate World Book Day a week later on Friday 9th March with children at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Sarah Webb, together with Philip Kennedy, an illustrator with Fighting Words, the creative writing centre for children and young people, engaged in a wonderful discussion with the children in St. Joseph’s Playroom about their favourite books and stories. The children then had the opportunity to create their own story as a group, with each child being given an illustrated copy of their written story to take away and put their own ending to it.
This event was organised by Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI), an organisation that recruits play volunteers to play with children in hospitals nationwide. CHI volunteers were on hand on the day to distribute some beautiful books donated by Children’s Book Ireland and Book Tokens thanks to National Book Tokens, principal sponsor of World Book Day 2018.
Rachel Kenna, Director of Nursing at our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin said “The greatest gift you can give a child in hospital is that of a special book. At Our Lady’s, we encourage reading for all of our children and families play and education. Our Lady’s has a special play and education programme which uses story books to prepare children for their operations and visits to hospital”.
Sarah Webb is an award winning children’s book champion and some of her children’s books include “The Songbird Café Girls” series, “Emma the Penguin” and “Sally Go Round the Stars.” Sarah Webb has been a volunteer writing tutor and supporter of Fighting Words since its establishment in 2009.
Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love.. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. They provide free story-telling workshops for primary school groups, creative writing workshops for secondary students, summer camps for kids and teens and workshops for groups of adults with special needs, all delivered by teams of volunteer writing tutors and illustrators.
You can read the wonderful story of “Colour Wins the Race” that these children created together here