Connecting Stories Blackpool

We are excited to announce that our Connecting Stories campaign has launched in Blackpool.

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. The Blackpool campaign is supported by HarperCollins Publishers, who have donated books to the Blackpool area, and authors Chris Callaghan and Lisa Rajan, who are supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in the Blackpool community.

What's happening?

We have a selection of exciting activities for you to enjoy! Take a walk through Blackpool and discover the town’s sights and landmarks! Use the map to follow the trail and answer the questions. Drop your completed trail to Blackpool Central Library when you’ve finished, and swap it for a free book! Download the trail map here.

Or download and enjoy: a NatureQuest Walk and Talk trail and a secret Spy Mission!

Get involved with Connecting Stories

  • Lisa Rajan

    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Blackpool.
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    Author resources

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


Children and young people across Blackpool recently took part in a creative writing competition.

The amazing work submitted was displayed in an online exhibition in partnership with The Grand Theatre Blackpool throughout May and June. Each entrant also received a copy of their work published in the Get Blackpool Reading anthology.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the people of Blackpool 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 7000 people from schools and businesses in Blackpool 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.