• Bernadette  Russell

    Bernadette Russell

    Agent : Julia Churchill

    Bernadette is a writer, artist, activist, tree planter and storyteller. She writes fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. She’s also a playwright and script writer.

    Her most recent book for adults, How to Be Hopeful, is published by Elliott and Thompson. Her other books for adults are The Little Book of Kindness and The Little Book of Wonder, both published by Orion.

    Her children’s books Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy and Be the Change Make It Happen are published by Quarto / Ivy Kids.

    Her script work includes: an adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the Royal Albert Hall, an adaptation of Tove Jansson’s Moomin story “The Fir Tree” for Norden Farm Arts Centre; and a new musical called “Hope”, working with composer DJ Walde and dance company Folk Dance Remixed for the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

    She is currently lead artist/storyteller for the Southbank Centre’s flagship arts and wellbeing project “The world-famous legendary Skylark Café”; writer and dramaturge for Raybel Charters’ immersive theatre show “Revealing the Creek” with Paul Ainsworth (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Euan Maybank (Punch Drunk).

    She has recently been the subject of a BBC Ideas documentary called “The woman that was kind every day for a year”.

    Bernadette has previously created work for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio 6, Royal Albert Hall, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Rep, Thames Festival, National Trust, English Heritage, BFI, London Month of the Dead, Turner Contemporary, and Tate Britain amongst many others.

    She created and hosted the storytelling/live lit salon “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” which ran between 2008-2018 with residencies at Toynbee Studios, London and The Basement, Brighton, and in 2015 she was chosen as one of the Southbank Centre’s Changemakers for her project “366 Days of Kindness”.

Books by Bernadette Russell