Creative pair release their new book at Great Ormond Street
- By Elizabeth Woolford
- Posted 15th May 2017
Author Di Toft and Illustrator Josh Williams, both support staff at Gordano School, have published a limited edition picture book.
The pair were commissioned by construction company Skanska back in 2016. Their brief, to jointly create a book to accompany a brand new swan sculpture whose home will be in a new wing of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. Sculptor Chris Brammall’s swan takes pride of place in an open vestibule area of the Children’s hospital. The swan sculpture and the book ‘The Bloomsbury Swan’, are a tribute to children and their families who are affected by Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN).
The story, written by Di and Illustrated by Josh, tells the story of Bram, a poor toy inventor who rescues an injured cygnet, who one day returns Bram’s kindness. A 1000 copies of the book were printed and the two pieces of artwork (swan and story) complement each other beautifully.
On Friday 28th April, Di and Josh visited Great Ormond Street to hand out free gift copies of their picture book. They were able to meet some of the children and their families who use the facilities.
Author, Di Toft, said,
“It really is a special place and we couldn’t help but feel humbled by the children and the families we met during our time visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital. Everyone we spoke to wanted to talk about their experiences, which were sometimes upsetting, sometimes amazing, all told with dignity and humour. It was an honour for us to create this piece, and we are both proud to have contributed to the hospital in this way.”