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 aged 7 to 11 in the North East area are invited to take part in a creative writing competition with the theme 'Local Heroes'. All entrants will receive a certificate, and winning entries will be displayed in an anthology. Find out more information on the Read North East competition page.

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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    Connecting Stories North East Creative Writing Competition

    A creative writing competition for children age 7-11, with an exciting theme - 'Local Heroes'.
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