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Connecting Stories is an Arts Council England-funded project addressing the literacy attainment gap across our 14 local areas to increase children and young people’s access to literary experiences and books in communities most in need of support.

The Black Country area campaign is supported by publishers Old Barn Books, Simon & Schuster UK and Bonnier Books UK who have donated books. Authors A.M. Dassu, Benjamin Dean, and Raj Kaur Khaira are also supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in the Black Country area.

Take a walk around Walsall town with our new Walk and Talk Trail and see if you can find the answer to our questions! Hand in your answers to Walsall library by 10th September to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Plus, we have two other exciting activities for you to download and enjoy: a NatureQuest and a secret Spy Mission!


Children and young people across the Black Country recently took part in a creative writing competition.

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


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the Black Country 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 1600 people from schools and businesses across the Black Country 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.

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    Meet the authors

    Learn more about the authors supporting the Black Country, and why they're excited to be a part of the Connecting Stories campaign.
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    Author resources

    Download fun activities and resources from the authors supporting the Connecting Stories campaign.
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