Our Connecting Stories campaign has officially launched in Peterborough.

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?

We have three exciting activities for you to enjoy: our BookBench trail across the city, designed by Peterborough schoolchildren; a Nature Quest Walk and Talk trail, and a secret Spy Mission!

The Peterborough campaign is supported by publisher Simon & Schuster UK who have kindly donated books. Authors Danny Wallace and Guy Bass are also supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in the local area.

Get involved with Connecting Stories

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    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Peterborough.
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    We launch our BookBench trail across the city

    A new trail of BookBench sculptures, designed and painted by Peterborough school children and artists, have been installed across the city to bring literacy to life for...
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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 Peterborough recently took part in a creative writing competition.

The amazing work submitted was displayed in an online exhibition in partnership with Peterborough Museum & City Gallery throughout May and June. Each entrant also received a copy of their work published in the Peterborough Reads anthology.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on the people of Peterborough 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!

Over 2000 people from schools and businesses in Peterborough 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.