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 Stoke-on-Trent campaign is supported by publisher HarperCollins, who have donated books to the Stoke-on-Trent area, and author Anna James is supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in the Stoke-on-Trent community.

What's happening?

We have lots of exciting activities for you to download and enjoy, including a NatureQuest Walk and Talk Trail and a secret Spy Mission. Make sure to also check out all of the Story Quest adventures and trails.

This August, join our FREE Story Quest events, as we celebrate the release of our final Story Quests! We'll have free activity taster sessions, with local creators and story tellers on hand to provide additional entertainment. Find out more on our Facebook page @StokeReads

You can also join us at the Better World Festival in Hanley 6th to 8th August! There are lots of exciting activities for you to check out, including: a storytelling event with Alan Barrett, hidden anthologies in The Potteries Centre, free books and activities at the Stoke Read stall.

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    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Stoke-on-Trent.
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    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 Stoke recently took part in a creative writing competition.

The amazing work submitted was displayed in an online exhibition in partnership with Middleport Pottery throughout May and June. Each entrant also received a copy of their work published in the Stoke Reads anthology.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on Stoke-on-Trent 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 13,000 people from schools and businesses in Stoke 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.