Our Impact - Pop Up

Transforming lives through literature

Pop Up Projects has transformed the lives of thousands of children and young people and adults, often in deprived areas and challenging circumstances, while increasing diversity in the field of children’s literature.

In our first ten years we impacted on 140,000 children and young people with our Pop Up Festival literature programme for mainstream and SEND schools. Through Pop Up Festival we provided over 60,000 children’s books and thousands of author workshops. We also published work from over 180 young writers and illustrators across the UK and internationally, including through an International Illustration Exchange with 17 universities across Europe. And with our ground-breaking Pathways Into Children’s Publishing for under-represented artists, we’re pro-actively addressing the lack of inclusion and under-representation in children’s publishing.

We’re thrilled with what we’ve achieved. But we want to continue our impact, supporting emerging artists, fostering a more diverse next generation of writers and illustrators, and ensuring all children find themselves and discover others through the stories they read.

Our Artists Showcase

Discover the illustrators and writers we’ve developed through Pathways Into Children’s Publishing and other programmes.

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10 years of making a difference

Pop Up Projects celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021. From investing £1m in schools to nurturing 180 aspiring writers and illustrators, this is what a decade of the Pop Up effect looks like.

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What Pathways does so brilliantly is to provide access to a wide range of industry professionals who give a real insight into the publishing world.

Elorine Grant Art Director, HarperCollins Children's

These books promoting individuality, acceptance and kindness are just lovely. They're beautifully written and the illustrations are exquisite.

Rob Biddulph Children’s book author and illustrator

The Pathways experience created a unique space for me to learn from art directors as well as university lecturers and illustrators. It was a great opportunity!

Sahar Haghgoo Illustrator and Pathways Mentee