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Following the unprecedented success of The Big Hoot’s education programme, The Little Hoot, we are delighted to bring you The Big Read!

An unmissable creative education event in 2016 for Birmingham and the West Midlands, it celebrates the region’s creativity as well as the written word.

Schools and community groups are invited to decorate benches shaped as open books with designs inspired by their favourite novels, comics, poems and prose. The adorned BookBenches will then be displayed around the region in cultural hubs, leisure complexes and shopping centres to create a series of free indoor art trails, giving everybody the opportunity to enjoy young people’s creativity during the summer holidays of 2016.

The Big Read will be complemented by a programme of activities around the displays in venues to spark everybody’s interest in reading and writing, such as poetry slams, story-telling sessions, creative writing workshops and comic book illustration.

After the display the BookBenches will be returned to the schools and community groups that decorated them, where they could become a lasting feature of a library, book corner or outside learning environment.


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Date added: Inspiration Session

If you were unable to join us for the first Inspiration Session, don’t fret! We’ll be holding a repeat session...

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Deadline for orders

Order by 12 February

Schools and community groups in the West Midlands thinking of joining the literacy-focused initiative and painting sculptures shaped as open...

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E-news Out Now

Read the latest news and information in January’s online newsletter, sent to everyone taking part in The Big Read. To receive the newsletter...

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