Doncaster Storytelling Festival 2022

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Doncaster Storytelling Festival is back for the second year! Originally launched in 2021, the festival brings together Doncaster's cultural partners for a month-long celebration of children's literature, diversity and multilingualism. This year we've created a wonderland of stories, exclusive author events and workshops to inspire Doncaster children to fall in love with reading and build on their wider literacy schools.

The festival is bookended by National Storytelling Week and World Book Day and all of the virtual events are free for schools to access. Signup to author exclusives below and keep up to date with the weekly schedules on this page.


  • Happy Here author event

    Happy Here author event

    Happy Here is a collection of 10 stories from Black authors and illustrators. Join us for storytelling, a Q&A and a draw-a-long. Suitable for Key Stage 2.
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  • Miles of magic

    25 years of Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone

    Celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter magic and the launch of the National Literacy Trust ‘Miles of Magic’ Reading Challenge with illustrator Jonny Duddle!
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  • Royal Opera House Everybody dance

    Dance workshop with Royal Opera House

    An exclusive ballet workshop for Doncaster schools from the Royal Opera House. Suitable for all.
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  • Meet Marv and with author Alex Falase-Koya

    Marv, superhero series with Alex Falase-Koya

    Debut author Alex Falase-Koya was inspired to create Marv after seeing a lack of black superheros in children's fiction. Suitable for Key Stage 2.
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  • Nen the Lonely Fisherman fisherman author event

    Nen the Lonely Fisherman with James Mayhew and Ian Eagleton

    Explore a book that celebrates love, acceptance and faith, with a gentle message about how we treat our oceans and each other. Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2.
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  • WBD draw-a-long workshop

    World Book Day workshop

    Join Phil for an illustration workshop inspired by the World Book Day titles - prizes to be won!
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Our partners for the festival include DCEP, the Royal Opera House, Cast theatre, Doncaster Club Foundation, Doncaster Council/RWM Strategies, Doncaster Libraries, AFCL (Adult Family Community Learning) and more.