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.

What's happening

The Manchester campaign is supported by publishers HarperCollins UK and Guppy Books, who will both be donating books to the Manchester area. Authors David Baddiel and Louisa Reid will both also be supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in Manchester.

Children and young people in Manchester recently took part in a creative writing competition. The winners have been announced! Visit the online exhibition - in partnership with Z-Arts - to read the amazing work submitted, and take part in virtual workshops from poets Kate Wakeling and Pete Kalu.


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!

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

  • David Baddiel

    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Manchester.
    Learn more
  • t10square

    Join the Take 10 Challenge

    We want to encourage people across the nation to read for 10 minutes a day to boost their wellbeing!
    Learn more
  • Connecting Stories exhibition map

    Visit the online exhibitions

    Read the incredible work submitted as part of our creative writing competition, and take part in virtual author workshops.
    Learn more