We are extremely lucky to have some incredible friends who tirelessly support the MS Readathon. Thanks guys - we appreciate everything you do for us!
Rick O'Shea has been a radio presenter with RTE 2FM since 2001 and has his own website (Rickipedia) on which he regularly posts book reviews. He has a book club on Facebook with 1,800+ members. He’s also the presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1. He is a regular contributor on books on RTE Radio 1’s arts programme Arena. On TV he is a regular storyteller on RTE Jr’s Tell Me A Story TV series and won Celebrity Mastermind in 2012.
He has been a panelist at the Lingo Spoken Word Festival, Bram Stoker Festival, for Dublin 1City 1Book and has been an award presenter at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. As well as that he’s performed spoken word pieces at European Literature Night and the Barnardo’s Under My Bed nights. He was part of the voting academy for the 2014 BGE Irish Book Awards and a judge for the 2015 UK and Ireland Young Adult Book Prize run by The Bookseller magazine.
We are delighted to have Rick's support as an ambassador for MS Readathon.
David Rawle & Ian O'Reilly
Actors David Rawle and Ian O'Reilly played Martin Moone and Padraic O'Dwyer on the hit TV show Moone Boy and have been regulare supporters of MS Readathon. Both David and Ian are self-professed bookworms and have taken part in the MS Readathon with their schools in the past. We are thrilled to have them as ambassadors.
Irish author Sarah Webb has written eleven bestselling novels including Always the Bridesmaid, The Shoestring Club, and The Memory Box. She has also written many children’s books, has contributed short stories to several collections including Moments, and has compiled and edited three charity collections of her own, Beyond the Stars (for children), Travelling Light and Mum’s the Word.
Her popular Ask Amy Green series has been translated into Polish and Italian and is also published in the US. The books have also been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award and the Irish Book Awards. Her new series for age 8+ is called The Songbird Cafe Girls. The first book in the series is Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake and the second, Sunny Days and Moon Cakes will be published in September 2015. Sarah is a non-stop promoter of reading and is always on hand to help us encourage more youngsters to read through the MS Readathon.
Sarah Bowie is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. She is a founding member of The Comics Lab, a monthly comics salon which aims to develop a vibrant alternative comics scene in Dublin. Sarah is also a founding member of OFFSKETCH, an urban sketch event with pop-up exhibition, which aims to encourage active visual engagement with the city.
Sarah designed the illustrations for the 2015 MS Readathon campaign.
Matt Griffin is an Irish illustrator and writer based in Ennis Co. Clare. His debut children's novel, A Cage of Roots, is a dark fantasy adventure story which is available now in bookshops and from Amazon (published by The O'Brien Press 2015). Matt supported MS Readathon 2015 by offering a prize of a storytelling workshop with him for one lucky class!