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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 will all be donating 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.

What's happening

Children and young people in the Black Country area recently took part in a creative writing competition. Judging is underway with winners to be announced shortly! Winning entries will be published in an anthology and displayed in an exhibition in partnership with a cultural venue in the Black Country area.

More community-driven activities related to the Connecting Stories campaign will be announced throughout the year.

#Take10ToRead

On May 10th at 10am, we're calling on the people of 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!

Register here to take part in our Take 10 Challenge on May 10th, and to receive free resources.

More community-driven activities related to the Connecting Stories campaign will be announced throughout the year.

Get involved with Connecting Stories

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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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    Join the Take 10 Challenge

    We want to encourage 100,000 people across the nation to read at the same time to boost their wellbeing!
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    Creative writing competition

    Entries for this competition are now closed.
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