Our Connecting Stories campaign has officially launched in the North Yorkshire Coast.

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 Yorkshire Coast campaign is supported by publishers Usborne and Faber & Faber who will be donating books up and down the coast. Authors Chloe Daykin and Jenny Pearson are also supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in the local area.

What's happening?

Festival of Big Ideas By the Sea invites people from across the UK and beyond to send postcards to the Grand Hotel in Scarborough. Find out more here.

Children and young people across the North Yorkshire Coast recently took part in a creative writing competition. The winners have been announced! Visit the online exhibition - in partnership with the Pannett Art Gallery - to read the amazing work submitted, and take part in virtual workshops from author Sue Cheung.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the North Yorkshire Coast 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 Yorkshire Coast 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

  • Jenny Pearson

    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories locally.
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    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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