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. The North East campaign is supported by publishers Penguin Random House UK and Knights Of, who have donated 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.

What's happening?

We have lots of exciting activities for you to download and enjoy! Take a walk along the Redcar coast and take part in our Walk and Talk Trail - answer the questions in this booklet as you go, and send a photo of your answers to to be entered into a prize draw!

You can also enjoy a Nature Quest and a secret Spy Mission!

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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    Author resources

    Download fun activities and resources from the authors supporting the Connecting Stories campaign.
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Previously in Connecting Stories


Children and young people across the North East recently took part in a creative writing competition.

The amazing work submitted was displayed in an online exhibition in partnership with Newcastle City Library throughout May and June. Each entrant also received a copy of their work published in the Read North East anthology.


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.