OLCHC Celebrates World Book Day 2018

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9th March, 2018

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 an illustrator and writer from Fighting Words Creative Writing Centre, engaged in a wonderful discussion with patients attending about their favourite books and stories. The children then had the opportunity to write their own story as a group with each child being given a 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. Each child will receive an illustrated copy of the book they wrote together. 

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 through 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 for children and some of her  children’s books include “The Songbird Café Girls” series, “Emma the Penguin” and “Sally go round the Stars”. 

 Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love.  It was   inspired by 826 National in the United States.  Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. They provide 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 tutoring is free.


World Book Day 2018 collage