Connecting Stories is an Arts Council England-funded project to address the literacy attainment gap across our 14 Hub areas and increase children and young people’s access to literary experiences and books in communities most in need of support.

What's happening?

We have plenty of exciting activities for you to download and enjoy this summer! Download the Edmund the Elephant trail and help Edmund rescue his belongings from those pesky racoons! Or enjoy: a Nature Quest Walk and Talk trail and a secret Spy Mission!

The Middlesbrough campaign is supported by Walker Books, who will be donating books all over the town. Authors Matt Oldfield and Jamie Russell are also supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in the local area.

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Previously in Connecting Stories...


Children and young people across Middlesbrough recently took part in a creative writing competition.

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


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the people of Middlesbrough 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 3400 people from schools and businesses in Middlesbrough 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.