With support from publisher Simon & Schuster UK and authors Danny Wallace and Guy Bass, the Connecting Stories campaign aims to address the literacy attainment gap in Peterborough, by giving more young people access to books and literary experiences.
Guy Bass, award-winning author of more than 30 books, said: "I grew up in Peterborough and have previously supported the work of the National Literacy Trust's Peterborough Hub, so am very excited to continue this support as part of the Connecting Stories initiative. I look forward to sharing the incredible gift of imagination and storytelling with Peterborough's children and inspiring the next generation of creatives to share their voices, no matter their background."
Danny Wallace, a writer and television and radio presenter, added: "Connecting Stories is all about showing children that they can grow up to be whoever they want to regardless of their background. I started writing video game reviews for magazines at the age of 13 and I can’t wait to show Peterborough’s children that good literacy skills can unlock opportunities that they can carry with them into their adult lives."
The campaign has kicked off with a creative writing competition for children aged between 7 and 11. The winning entries will be published in an anthology, but everyone who enters will receive a certificate.
How to enter:
First, children need to write a piece of creative writing about a place that is special to them.
The competition page states: "This can be as simple as a description of a place you see on your journey to school, your favourite local park, football stadium, even your own street! You could get really creative and imagine something extraordinary taking place in your chosen location. Maybe the local shopping centre has been taken over by aliens, or Peterborough Cathedral has started levitating high above the city. It’s up to you!
"You can choose any format you like – a story, a poem, news article or diary entry. You can include some illustrations too."
Entries should be one page of A4 or 500 words maximum and written in English. It must be an original piece of work and be wholly written by the entrant. Submissions can be uploaded to the National Literacy Trust website, or sent via email.
The competition is for children aged 7 to 11, but entries from all primary year groups will be considered for part of a local exhibition.
Entries close on March 12, 2021.
Download a competition booklet, send in your entry or find out more details about the competition here.