celebrate a love of words this summer!

visit your local libraryAre you ready for some tear jerking, heart thumping, edge of your seat, laugh out loud moments?

Then join us as we celebrate the love of reading and writing over the summer months of 2016, with our packed programme of literacy inspired activity:

Too Write Competition with Hot Air Literary Festival open until 20th May for all ages. Get your pen out and start writing!

The Little Library Van started it’s journey round the city on 5th April, sharing stories with children and families. You can book it for your community event to bring a love of reading to your doorstep. Contact Stoke-on-Trent Libraries.

little library van

100 Reads is a list of the 100 favourite children’s books chosen by local children (and some parents and teachers). Every child will get a copy of the list, and libraries and schools will get a copy of each of the 100 books. The Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Stoke Speak Out 100 Reads project will be celebrating on the 18th May. Look out for lists and books in your local library from then.

The Big Read Staffordshire University will give a new book to all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children in the city, in partnership with Beanstalk, Stoke-on-Trent Libraries,  and local newspaper the Sentinel – there will be two weeks of press stories about literacy activities.

Voices Festival on the 8th June is a one day literacy festival at Staffordshire University for 110 secondary school students from Horizon Academy. They will be encouraged to develop their writing skills in workshops led by professional writers and to explore their own regional voices through performance poetry, story writing and drama. As part of the celebrations of Shakespeare’s anniversary, The Globe Theatre will also work with a company of student players to present a performance of Macbeth at the end of the festival.

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Stoke’s Literary Festival “Hot Air” runs from the 9th to 11th June 2016.
The programme includes the Too Write competition prize giving on the 9 June at Staffordshire University, a talk with Catherine Burgass a lecturer at Staffordshire University, interviewing Lisa Blower and a Hot Air author workshop at Staffordshire University on the 10 June.

Read Poetry Out Loud on Friday 10th June – Join with everyone in every school in Stoke-on-Trent, people at Staffordshire University, Stoke Sixth Form College and other organisations across the city reading the poem ‘“Read To Me” by Jane Yolen out loud at 11am.

Staffs Fringe Community Open Day at Staffordshire University & Stoke Sixth Form College on Saturday 11th June includes “Somewhere Special To Read” spaces for reading and storytelling with Beanstalk Charity.

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The Big Book Swap Picnic in Hanley Park on Sunday 12th June invites the whole community to bring a picnic and a book to swap, from 12-2pm. If you haven’t got a spare book you can write a story or poem in exchange for a spare book. (Secondhand books donated by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and  service). For ALL ages. Adult and Community Learning and Family Learning, Creative Learning and Wavemaker will run free workshops and activities. Organised by the University Quarter Community Action Network.

 

And there is more planned – keep your eyes open for the Wee Free Library Boxes coming your way soon!

Look for updates on the University Quarter facebook and twitter
as well as Staffs Fringe facebook and twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Stoke in Colour – Contrasts – Photo workshop

  • Event date: June 17, 2015
  • Event time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

At the Art Stop, Church St, Stoke ST4 1BU

Come and work with photographers Tony Jones and Jenny Harper of the Photographers Collective North Staffs to create contrasting pairs of pictures of the Art Stop and its surroundings.

Art Stop photoBring a camera/phone if you have one – we have a small number for loan if you don’t. We will be able to print some of your pictures, and we hope to feature some of the images taken in a forthcoming Photographers Collective exhibition.

Part of London Road Festival.

Festival of Learning fun day

  • Event date: June 18, 2015
  • Event time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join us at the Festival of Learning

outside Hanley market in the city centre.

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Performance from AllSorts community choir

workshops:

  • face painting
  • tai chi
  • make a fruit kebab
  • community singing

A4 POSTER_V2Advice and Information about all types of adult education –  from basic maths and English to Degree level

Hot Air Festival

  • Event time: June 20, 2014 3:30 pm to June 22, 2014 6:00 pm
  • Event location: Emma Bridgwater Factory, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

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Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival will be the first of its kind in the area with the aim of giving local people the opportunity to find out more about the art and craft of writing and the joys of reading.

The festival in the factory, also known as Hot Air giving a nod to Stoke-on-Trent’s historic background, will be held at the Emma Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014.

Over 15 nationally known and local authors will be present during the weekend including names such as Joanna Trollope, David Starkey, Andy McNab, Melvyn Bragg, Lauren Child and Emma Bridgewater.  Each author event will give festival goers the opportunity to enter into the debate and question the experts in their own fields.

Festival Trustees include Tristram Hunt MP, Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater. Andy McNab is also the festival’s patron.

Stewart Collins, Festival Director, has extensive knowledge and experience managing other well known literary festivals including Henley & Petworth.

Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival would not be possible without its supporters and sponsors so a large thank you to all of those involved.

Hot Air Festival website

Etruria Canals Festival

  • Event date: June 1, 2014
  • Event time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Event location: Etruria Industrial Museum (Trent and Mersey Canal)

Etruris Canals Festival

The Etruria Canals Festival continues the traditions of the annual community event which is one of the largest free events in Stoke-on-Trent, regularly attracting thousands of visitors to the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals in the middle of Etruria.

The free festival will bring the canals of Stoke-on-Trent alive with a historic boat parade along the Trent and Mersey canal from Etruria towards Burslem. The Holy Inadequate, Stoke’s Pub of the Year will once again run the beer tent.

Music and dance will complement colourful historic canal boats moored along the towpaths of Etruria. Lots of activities for children and adults will be on site and a good time is guaranteed for all.

Vintage cars, boat trips and the popular greyhounds from Greyhound Gap will be on site, alongside special displays from Foxfield Railway and the Middleport Pottery.

Princess, the historic beam engine in Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill will be ‘in steam’ and other attractions are in planning.

Once again, the canals festival will be organised and run by volunteers from the Etruria Boat Group and the IWA North Staffs and South Cheshire Branch.

Etruria Canals Festival website