Featured Event – Festival of Children’s Voices

Festival of Children’s Voices – Rebels: A new type of hero!

Saturday 8th June 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

What’s your favourite story? Who are your heroes? Do you want to be a story rebel?

Everyone has a story to tell, and children have the chance to share their favourite story, and be a rebel in their own, at the Festival of Children’s Voices, on Saturday 8th June at Leeds Beckett University. The festival is being organised by Storymakers Company, which provides creative opportunities for young people to make and share their stories.

The festival brings together creative story makers from across Leeds including young people, parents, grandparents, educators, artists, mental health experts, museums, drama and theatre specialists, artists and authors. Artists will create, perform and share their stories, as well as make stories together on the day using spoken word, creative writing, film, drama and theatre. The rebels in the stories will come from different spaces: museums, schools, community centres, bedrooms and perhaps even other worlds! Through a series of imaginary ventures, children will be able to explore the potential of stories to develop the capacity for kindness, empathy and compassion as well as cultivating positive wellbeing.

The Festival also sees the launch of the Story Makers Press, which translates drama, storytelling and children’s stories into engaging fiction books. The press’s first title, ‘The Nightmare Catcher’, explores gaming through the eyes of a child whose mum struggles with mental health, and was written with a group of children from Beeston, Leeds.

The Festival of Children’s Voices is one of many opportunities for people to create and share their stories. Wednesday 26th June is National Writing Day, and First Story in collaboration with its literacy and arts partners, is calling on everyone, everywhere to get writing and discover the pleasure and power of writing. The theme of this year’s call to action for National Writing Day, is a seven minute ‘write away’, a freewriting exercise. The theme is ‘place’, which can be a physical place, a place in time or an imaginary place. The objective is to inspire people everywhere to take part in the write away, which can be done in a classroom, at home or in the office. It can be done by hand, typing into a phone or tablet, or doing a recording.

To register your place at the Festival, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-story-makers-festival-story-rebels-a-new-type-of-hero-tickets-57601624008

For more information on Story Makers, visit: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-education/story-makers/


Come join our band of rebels and start a revolution! Meet artists, authors and other adventurers like you as we come together to imagine and enter other worlds and share our stories. Make your voice heard!

  • Meet intriguing characters and explore different worlds and stories – adventure awaits!
  • Talk to artists and authors about how they create their stories
  • Join immersive adventures where you get to be your own story hero
  • Enjoy drama, theatre, film and creative writing workshops.

On the day you will be able to:

  • Meet and write with First Story and Peepal Tree Press authors
  • Join adventures with groups such as Alive and Kicking, Interplay, Chol Theatre and many more
  • Attend the Nightmare Catcher book launch
  • Watch an exclusive Story Makers Youth Group film screening
  • Time travel with the Royal Armouries and Historic England
  • Visit the Little Bookshop book stand

A fun packed day for all the family – bring a picnic and join us. And don’t forget parents and grandparents can be story rebels too!

Tickets need to be booked online prior to the event

Children aged 7-13 and Parents – Free

The event is suitable for children aged 7-13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You must book through Eventbrite before attending.

Professionals – £25

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National Writing Day is led by First Story and partners across the UK.