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We are Pop Up Projects CIC

We’re a national non-profit children’s literature agency on a mission to invest in, up-skill, empower and advocate for a more diverse next generation of children’s book creators.


This is how we do it.

Training & Mentoring

Pathways Into Children’s Publishing are our pioneering creative and professional development programmes for aspiring writers, illustrators and publishers.

Delivered collaboratively with UK publishers and universities, Pathways are especially for talented creatives whose experiences, communities and cultures are under-represented in children’s books.

Watch this short video to hear from our mentees about how Pathways has nurtured their progress.


Find out more about Pathways

Publishing & Showcasing

We also facilitate opportunities for writers and illustrators at all stages in their careers, in the UK and internationally, to make, publish and share their children’s stories with young readers.

This includes major digital publishing ventures like Children For Change, collaborations with traditional publishers, community publishing projects, and public exhibitions and events.

Check Out Children For Change


With 14 years experience of transforming lives through literature in every region of the UK, we’re now fully focussed on increasing Pathways Into Children’s Publishing opportunities nationally. From 2025 we want to offer 120 subsidised places every two years, supporting brilliant creatives to access the learning opportunities and platforms to kickstart careers in children’s books.

Get Involved

Spotlight on change

Children For Change is a brand new ebook anthology of stories and illustrations from over 70 UK writers and illustrators inspiring young readers to ‘take an action’ – big or small, local or global – to protect their environments.

It’s FREE to EVERY school in the UK from October 7th 2024 so sign up your school now!

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