A World Book Day event to celebrate the Olympic literary legacy

On World Book Day in 2013, 100 Hackney primary school children visited City Hall to launch the London-Rio Storytelling Relay. This project gave children living in Hackney the chance to share and celebrate their Olympic experiences with children in Rio to mark the legacy that the Olympic Games will have on children’s lives. The launch at City Hall was the highlight of our 5-day Booklinks programme, a  literacy initiative funded by law firm Linklaters. This event included children’s writers and illustrators delivering workshops in 9 Hackney schools. The programme was delivered with The Mayor’s Fund Inspiring Reading project, which aimed to help 2000 Londoners across 147 schools in some of the capital’s most disadvantaged areas to improve their reading skills.

We also used the opportunity to launch our ‘We are Hackney‘ film made by children’s authors Candy Gourlay and Ed Vere. The film allowed pupils at the Nightingale School to tell children in Brazil about Hackney and to create ties with schools who would then go on to also experience the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. Take a look at it here.

SUPPORTED BY: Mayors Fund for London