Our Connecting Stories campaign has officially launched in Doncaster.

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 Doncaster campaign is supported by publisher Macmillan who will be donating books all over the town. Authors Bethan Woollvin and Cat Weldon are also supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in the local area.

What's happening?

Enter our 'Steam Train Competition' - recite a steam train poem or write one of your own to win. Competition ends 25th June 2021.

Children and young people in Doncaster recently took part in a creative writing competition. The winners have been announced! Visit the online exhibition - in partnership with the Cast Theatre- to read the amazing work submitted, and take part in virtual workshops from authors Kate Wakeling and Kristyna Baczynski.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the people of Doncaster 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 4000 people from schools and businesses in Peterborough 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.

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

Get involved with Connecting Stories

  • Cat Weldon

    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Doncaster.
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    Join the Take 10 Challenge

    We want to encourage people across the nation to read for 10 minutes a day to boost their wellbeing!
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