We are pleased to announce that our Connecting Stories campaign has launched in Bradford.

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 Bradford campaign is supported by publishers Bonnier Books UK and Faber & Faber who have donated books to the Bradford area, and authors Konnie Huq, Harry Heape, and Sairish Hussain who are supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in Bradford.

What's happening?

We have two exciting activities for you to download and enjoy: a Nature Quest Walk and Talk trail and a secret Spy Mission!

If you'd like to pick up a Nature Quest in person, or take part in our Look For A Book activities, come and join us at Literature Unlocked. Free Family fun is set to sweep through the Bradford district this August with live theatre, craft sessions, storytelling and music, hosted by Bradford Literature Festival.

15th August - Bowling Park

21st August - Cliffe Castle/ Victoria Park

28th August - Peel Park

4th September - Lister Park

Get involved with Connecting Stories

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    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Bradford.
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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 Bradford recently took part in a creative writing competition.

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


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the people of Bradford 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 2500 people from schools and businesses in Bradford 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.