A national schools children’s literature programme celebrating reading & inspiring writing

13th-29th June Pop Up Festival 2017

Our national schools children’s literature festival brings literature to life in schools across the UK. Every year, hundreds of classrooms in primary, secondary and SEND schools are connected with exceptional books and their authors for a celebration of reading for pleasure, creative writing and visual storytelling.

Throughout summer term 2017, 10,000 children age 3-14 in 40 schools are reading 170 book titles by 100 children’s writers and illustrators. Then over two weeks – 13th-29th June – the authors are delivering 400 exciting class workshops (many in local libraries, museums and galleries) to kick-start pupils’ creative writing and illustration. This year’s programme also sees 8,000 books supplied to participating primary, secondary and SEND schools in Kent, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Shropshire and South West Wales.

You can check out the programme of events on this page (just click on the ‘Pop Up Festival programme’ on the left). However, these are all in-school events so are not accessible to the public – though there are also some listings for public events in local venues in each area.


Pop Up Festival is growing! If your school is interested in finding out more about our offer then complete this form to let us know, and we’ll be in touch.

Read sample evaluation reports here: Pop Up in Peterborough 2016 or Pop Up in Medway 2016.

To download our Theory of Change, click HERE.


PARTNERS: Royal Opera House Bridge / Medway Library Services / The Williamson Trust / Telford Culture Zone / Telford Library Services / Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge / Vivacity Peterborough / Literature Wales

SUPPORTED BY: Paul Hamlyn Foundation / Arts Council England