A National Children’s Literature Festival for Schools

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.

Throughout summer term, thousands of children in schools across the country will read books by 100s of children’s writers and illustrators. Then, over two weeks in June, the authors deliver their exciting class workshops (many in local libraries, museums and galleries) to kick-start pupils’ creative writing and illustration.


Pop Up Festival is growing! If your school is interested in finding out more about our offer then email Tim ([email protected]) or arrange a call

On the right 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 a sample evaluation report here: Pop Up in Peterborough 2016-2018.

To read an SEND school impact case study of our three-year work with Bradfields Academy in Kent, click HERE.

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 / The Mighty Creatives / Active Learning Trust / Lithuanian Cultural Institute

SUPPORTED BY: Paul Hamlyn Foundation / Arts Council England