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

Children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent recently took part in a creative writing competition. Make sure to visit the online exhibition to see their incredible work on the theme City of Kindness and take part in exciting online author workshops.


On May 10th at 10am, we're calling on the nation 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!

Register here to take part in our Take 10 Challenge on May 10th, and to receive free resources.

More community-driven activities related to the Connecting Stories campaign will be announced throughout the year.

Read more about the launch.

Get involved with Connecting Stories

  • Anna James

    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Stoke-on-Trent.
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    Join the Take 10 Challenge

    We want to encourage 100,000 people across the nation to read at the same time to boost their wellbeing!
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    Creative Writing Competition

    Entries for this competition are now closed.
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