Connecting Stories Manchester

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 Manchester campaign is supported by publishers HarperCollins UK and Guppy Books, who have donated books to the Manchester area. Authors David Baddiel and Louisa Reid are supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in Manchester.

What's happening

Take a walk through Wythenshawe Town Centre with our Wythenshawe Discovery Walk and Talk Trail. Remember to take your completed trail map to Wythenshawe Forum Library, where you’ll be able to swap it for a free book! Plus, we have two other exciting activities available to download and enjoy: our NatureQuest Walk and Talk trail and our secret Spy Mission!

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

The amazing work submitted was displayed in an online exhibition in partnership with Z-Arts throughout May and June. Each entrant also received a copy of their work published in the Read Manchester anthology.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the people of Manchester 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 25,000 people from schools and businesses in Manchester 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.