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. The winners have been announced! Visit the online exhibition to read the amazing work submitted, and take part in virtual workshops from authors Kate Wakeling and Kristyna Baczynski.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on 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!

Hundreds of people from schools and businesses across the North East 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.

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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  • 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!
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