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 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 aged 7 to 11 are invited to take part in a creative writing competition with the theme 'City of Kindness'. All entrants will receive a certificate, and winning entries will be displayed in an anthology. Find out more information on Stoke-on-Trent's competition page.

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

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    Meet the authors

    Find out more about the authors supporting Connecting Stories in Stoke-on-Trent.
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    Connecting Stories Stoke-on-Trent Creative Writing Competition

    Enter our Connecting Stories competition for the chance to win signed books from our Connecting Stories authors and Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell!
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