We can work on a commission basis to put together a literature programme, event or festival designed to meet the specific needs of your school or venue.
We have worked with primary, secondary and special schools and alternative education providers, as well as many museums, libraries, universities, cultural spaces and heritage sites to put together projects tailored to suit the objectives, challenges and imaginations of each client.
If any of these ideas inspire you – or you have an idea of your own – please email us: [email protected]
Our most recent bespoke projects include:
- Grafton Primary School – an annual literature programme for the whole school. Each year group is matched with an excellent contemporary book and a thematically linked museum, gallery or cultural space across London. Class sets of books are delivered to school, and Pop Up works collaboratively with the cultural venues to put together a programme of author workshops that supports learning outside the classroom (LOtC) and engages pupils with books in immersive and meaningful ways.
- The Library Presents – a two-week long Festival programme connecting schools and libraries in Cambridgeshire, with a number of in-school and weekend family activities, including creating and installing decorations themed around different ‘worlds’. This project was commissioned by Cambridgeshire Libraries.
- Eastwood Comics: Bringing D.H. Lawrence to Life – a programme in which 24 student writers and artists were supported and mentored by professional graphic novelists to create comic strips themed around D.H. Lawrence’s life. Students were inspired by visits to heritage sites, museums, as well as academic research on Lawrence. This project was in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.
You can read about more projects here
Other ways we can work with you:
- School literature programmes thematically connected to local cultural and heritage sites, including author workshops at those sites
- Projects which engage and spotlight outstanding BAME authors and books with diverse contexts and characters, increasing understanding of the wider, multicultural world
- Whole-school, key-stage or year-group projects exploring contemporary issues – such as migration or refugees, the environment, race or religion – through recently published literature
- Highly responsive literature programmes for pupils with special needs and/or disabilities or in pupil referral units, involving experienced children’s authors (Click here to read about our SEN project in Kent)
- Projects which engage EAL pupils through literature activities in home languages or bilingually
- Form-specific programmes – e.g. comics, poetry, short stories, myths and legends – which result in “published” writing by pupils (Click here to read about our Eastwood Comics project)
- Author-in-residence placements for deeper, lengthier engagement. These can culminate in showcase events that engage parents and lift school spirits
- Writing competitions, with prizes of carefully selected book bundles
- Family book festivals or events in libraries, community centres, or other public spaces. These could involve live-drawing sessions, creative workshops, Author Q&As, story-telling, window-dressing- the sky is the limit!
Get in touch to explore the possibilities – [email protected]