Our Connecting Stories campaign launched on Tuesday 19 January in Birmingham. Connecting Stories is an Arts Council England-funded project addressing the literacy attainment gap across our 14 Hub areas and increases children and young people’s access to literary experiences and books in communities most in need of support.

We have two exciting activities for you to download and enjoy: a Nature Quest Walk and Talk trail and a secret Spy Mission! The Birmingham campaign is supported by Penguin Random House UK, who have donated books across the Birmingham area, and author Sathnam Sanghera who is supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in Birmingham.

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    Find out more about Sathnam Sanghera, who is supporting the Connecting Stories campaign in Birmingham.
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    Download fun activities and resources from the authors supporting the Connecting Stories campaign.
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Children and young people across Birmingham recently took part in a creative writing competition.

The amazing work submitted was displayed in an online exhibition in partnership with Birmingham City Council and the Library of Birmingham throughout May and June. Each entrant also received a copy of their work published in the Birmingham Stories anthology.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the people of Birmingham to Take 10 and read. Our research has shown us that reading can be an effective way of helping people take care of their mental health and wellbeing – and it only takes 10 minutes a day to see the benefits!

Over 6500 people from schools and businesses in Birmingham took part in the challenge. Children also enjoyed a virtual event with author Anthony Horowitz who encouraged children to follow their passions, and read every morning.

100,000 people across the UK took part in the challenge.