Connecting Stories launches in Blackpool!

20 Jan 2021
Connecting Stories Blackpool

Chris Callaghan, Lisa Rajan and HarperCollins UK celebrate children’s literacy in Blackpool with the launch of Connecting Stories.

One publisher and two authors today announce Connecting Stories, a campaign to support children’s literacy in Blackpool. Led by the National Literacy Trust’s Get Blackpool Reading campaign and funded by Arts Council England, it will increase children and young people’s access to literary experiences and books.

Authors Chris Callaghan and Lisa Rajan will be championing reading and creative writing in the Blackpool community through inspiring school visits to virtual classrooms and overseeing an exciting creative writing competition. To further encourage the next generation of readers and writers, publisher HarperCollins UK will also donate books to the town.

Children and young people age 7 to 14 will be invited to take part in the creative writing competition with a unique theme, to be announced shortly. Entries will be published in one of 19 Connecting Stories anthologies and displayed in one of Blackpool community’s cultural institutions.

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Chris Callaghan, Author, says:

“I am so happy to be part of Connecting Stories with the National Literacy Trust and Get Blackpool Reading. A love of reading can be so transformative to a child’s confidence, wellbeing and ultimately their life chances. I hope this project will inspire a love of reading in children and young people across the town to support their literacy and ignite their curiosity about the stories around them.”

Lisa Rajan, Author, says:

“I’m really excited to be part of the Connecting Stories initiative from the National Literacy Trust. Books are portals into other worlds and help children explore the limits of their imagination – and lots of us need a bit of escapism at the moment! I hope this project allows us to encourage every child and young person across Blackpool to find a love of reading that will stay with them, and inspire them to dream big, forever.”