Connecting Stories North East

We are pleased to announce that our Connecting Stories campaign has launched in the North East area. 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 North East campaign is supported by publishers Penguin Random House UK and Knights Of, who will be donating books across the North East area, and authors Sam Copeland, Burhana Islam, and Gabrielle Kent, who are supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing throughout the North East.

Children and young people in the North East recently took part in a creative writing competition. Judging is underway with winners to be announced shortly! Winning entries will be published in an anthology and displayed in an exhibition in partnership with a cultural venue in the North East. Find out more information on the Read North East competition page.

#Take10ToRead

On May 10th at 10am, we're calling on the people of the North East 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!

Register here to take part in our Take 10 Challenge on May 10th, and to receive free resources.

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

Get involved with Connecting Stories

  • Burhana Islam

    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in the North East.
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    Join the Take 10 Challenge

    We want to encourage 100,000 people across the nation to read at the same time to boost their wellbeing!
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    Creative Writing Competition

    Entries for this competition are now closed.
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