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Award-winning author seals the deal on Writer in Residence post

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

A PRESTIGIOUS author has been hand picked to be the new Writer in Residence at Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Fiction-writer Linda Cracknell was recruited from a number of applicants for the two year position which will be funded by the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

The programme has been designed to inspire creative juices in staff and patients during their time at the hospital. Not only will the resident writer teach the children about the skills of her trade through workshops and lessons, but the post will actively encourage kids to have a creative outlet.

Creative Scotland Award winner Linda - author of 'Life Drawing' and 'The Searching Glance' - was delighted to accept the position.

She said: "I was so pleased when I was informed that my application had been successful and I am itching to get started.

"I've worked with children in many settings from a forest to a long distance footpath to school classrooms; a hospital will be a new and rewarding environment. I've always enjoyed writing alongside and forchildren on projects, from riddles to stories."

The post will also work closely with the Play Specialists and Charge Nurses to ensure an integrated approach to existing activities; programme workshops and other events.

Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation said: "We are thrilled to welcome Linda in her new position.

"Linda is a highly accomplished writer and I'm sure she will do a great job as Writer in Residence. Not only do we hope to help encourage and inspire children, but we also hope to do the same for staff and parents of the children being treated at the hospital."

Linda added: "I hope that my work at the hospital will contribute to an environment of healing, compassion and fun amongst patients and staff. I'd like my work to help capture the character of the hospital and help convey it to the new site in."

The part-time post will commence on June, 4th at the hospital.


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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation



The Sick Kids Friends Foundation helps sick children get better by funding extra medical equipment, improving facilities, financing specialised research and training and providing a wide variety of extra comforts for young patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, other health centres in the East of Scotland and in the Community. For more information please visit www.edinburghsickkids.org