We are pleased to announce that our Connecting Stories campaign has launched in Swindon.

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 Swindon campaign is supported by publisher Hachette UK who have donated books across the Swindon area. Authors Rebecca Henry, Steve Antony, and Simon Farnaby are also supporting the campaign by championing reading and creative writing in Swindon.

What's happening?

On Tuesday 10 August from 10:30am – 12:30pm, Swindon Stories with Connecting Stories, Hungry Little Minds and various other partners, is hosting a fantastic morning of bringing stories to life, for the whole family!

Our wonderful Hub Manager Anish is carrying out a book giveaway session, for families and carers of children aged two plus, as well as hosting fabulous story trails featuring Queens Park, with storyteller John Row.

As part of our fantastic Reading Adventures competition for children 7-11 in collaboration with Great Western Railway, we are hosting book giveaways and encouraging children to go an imaginary adventure, escaping day to day life through the world of reading, and write about their journey.

You will find our wonderful Hub Manager Anish, Project Officer Felicia, the early years team and the Parenting Hub doing craft activities, alongside the park rangers doing a planting activity AND the and storyteller John Row in Queens Park.

Bring a picnic and join us in the Secret Garden for this lovely event!

The timetable includes:
10.30am - The launch of our Queens Park story walk, with John Row!
10.30am onward, Anish and friends will be giving books away
10.30am onward, craft activities will be available
11am - planting activity with the parish council park rangers
11.30am - story walk with John Row, for families
12.30 - end of event


Help Alvin the Elf complete his quest in Queen’s Park to retrieve the crown of the High Elf! Don't get lost amongst the magical trees of the park. Plus, we have two other exciting activities for you to download and enjoy: a NatureQuest Walk and Talk trail and a secret Spy Mission!

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Previously in Connecting Stories...


Children and young people across Swindon recently took part in a creative writing competition.

The amazing work submitted was displayed in an online exhibition in partnership with Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and Prime Theatre throughout May and June. Each entrant also received a copy of their work published in the Swindon Stories anthology.


On May 10th at 10am, we called on Swindon 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 in Swindon 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.