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.

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.

What's happening?

Children age 7 to 11 are invited to take part in a creative writing competition, with the theme 'Middlesbrough and Me'. All entrants will receive a certificate, and winning entries will be published in an anthology. Find out more on the Middlesbrough competition page.

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

Get involved with Connecting Stories

  • Matt Oldfield

    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Middlesbrough.
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    Enter the creative writing competition

    Enter our Connecting Stories competition for the chance to win signed books from our Connecting Stories authors and Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell!
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