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

Our national 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.

Detail on Pop Up Festival 2018 coming soon! If your school is interested in taking part email education@pop-up.org.uk.

Throughout summer term 2017, 10,000 children age 3-14 in 40 schools read 170 book titles by 100 children’s writers and illustrators. Then over two weeks – 19-30th June – the authors delivered 400 exciting class workshops (many in local libraries, museums and galleries) to kick-start pupils’ creative writing and illustration. 2017’s programme also saw 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).



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.


On the left you can find a PDF of our brochure, which outlines the many ways in which we work with schools – or simply email us and we will send you one in the post.


Read sample evaluation reports here: Pop Up in Peterborough 2017 or Pop Up in Medway 2017.

To download our Theory of Change, click HERE.

We are an Arts Award Supporter, have staff trained as Advisers (Discover through to Gold level) and have developed project-specific Arts Award scrapbooks for Discover and Explore, illustrated by the wonderful children’s author David Lucas.


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