Pop Up Festival Presents

This summer showcase featured 24 authors reading from their best-loved and newly released books, interviews, performances and workshop activities streamed on Crowdcast.

Who was involved?

The award-winning and bestselling programme included writers, illustrators and poets including Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Smriti Halls, Emily Gravett, Konnie Huq, Ben Miller, Sophie Anderson, A.M. Dassu, Polly Ho Yen, and many more. Download the full programme here

This project was supported by Peter Sowerby Foundation

Narrowing the attainment gap

According to the data from the DfE (January 2021), all year groups experienced an average learning loss in reading of around two months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The literacy attainment gap is especially evident in secondary schools and in schools with high levels of free school meals.

Pop Up Festival Presents aimed to help schools to narrow the gap in literacy attainment, supporting wellbeing and the recovery curriculum.

Through finding themselves in diverse literature, learning about others’ worlds and meeting authors in Pop up Festival Presents, children and young people will not only build their capacity for creative and critical thinking, they will also enhance their ability to respond with empathy and compassion for others.

Professor Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education (Literacy), The Open University

Diverse and Inclusive

One third of the programme featured authors of colour, continuing Pop Up’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and the representation of marginalised voices and experiences in children’s literature.

Debut writers and illustrators that featured in Pop Up Festival Presents:

“There's never been a more important time to get kids engaged with reading and great books. What an honour to be a part of this fantastic opportunity to blow a collective raspberry in the face of the past year!”

Andy Stanton, award-winning author of the Mr Gum series