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Doncaster Storytelling Festival 2024

National Literacy Trust's Doncaster Storytelling Festival is back for the fourth year, with a brand-new theme on The Power of Pictures!

Originally launched in 2021, the festival brings together Doncaster's cultural partners for a month-long celebration of children's literature, and the stories it inspires. This year National Literacy Trust are once again sponsored by Unite, to help us create a wonderland of stories, exclusive author events and workshops to inspire Doncaster children to discover the Power of Pictures - plus One Call Insurance is sponsoring us to bring the Bradford Stories Bus back on tour, taking stories, poems and illustrations to schools across Doncaster, inspiring pupils to fall in love with reading and build on their wider literacy skills.


Don’t forget to register your interest for our flagship schools event on 25th June, at The Dome Theatre, where we’ll be hosting sessions from a range of different authors, poets and artists, along with revealing the winner(s) of the first-ever Doncaster Illustrator and Author Prize!

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What's On at the Doncaster Storytelling Festival?

Friday 7 June – Matt Goodfellow School transition event

Join Matt Goodfellow, poet and author of Final Year for a virtual classroom Q&A at 10am discussing how to support pupils in their transition from primary to secondary school. Sign up for Matt Goodfellow's event.


Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June – The Bradford Stories Bus Tour Sponsored by One Call Insurance

We're welcoming the Bradford Stories Bus and learning all about its incredible journey. The Bus will be visiting various schools, with classes joining Imran and Phil for a storytelling and draw-a-long session.


Tuesday 25th June – Doncaster Storytelling Festival: The Power of Pictures at The Dome Sponsored by Unite the Union

Welcoming guests including poet Paul Cookson and illustrator Liz Million, 1,400 Doncaster schoolchildren are invited to join us for talks, quizzes, and Q&A sessions - plus, they'll be the first to find out who has been chosen as the winner(s) of the first-ever Doncaster Illustrator and Author Prize!


Saturday 29th June - Fairytales in the Woods

As part of this year’s festival, the National Literacy Trust in Doncaster will be hosting a free community event for families with children aged 0-4, on Saturday 29 June, at Sandall Beat Woods from 10am-2pm. There will be fairytale storytelling sessions featuring books such as Hansel and Gretel, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and Cinderella, plus fun activities to help support babies and toddlers develop their speech and language skills, as well as arts and craft stalls, with every family receiving free books to take home.

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