We programme a range of multi-art form projects and workshops for children, helping them develop the skills and confidence to become the writers, readers and creatives of the future.

Check out details of current projects: Story Explorers, Media Cubs.

For more information about our offer for children, please email our Children and Young People's Programme Producer Miriam Wild.

Story Explorers

Story Explorers takes place across Greater Manchester, offering literacy and nature-based arts activities to inspire reading and writing in young people aged 7 to 11.

From making a zombie film in a park to creating spells to save the planet, Story Explorers links nature-based activities with literary adventures, encouraging children to continue reading and writing beyond the workshops in their urban environments.

Media Cubs

We team up with Media Cubs every autumn to create media training opportunities for children aged 8-11.

In autumn 2023 we provided training for five young carers from North Manchester. The young reporters were supported to create a video review of award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns at Z-arts. You can find out more about the project and view the film here.

In autumn 2022 we provided media training for 15 children aged 8-11 at Longsight Library. Three of the young reporters then went on to create film interviews with children’s author Aaron Blecha about his Aliens, Zombies & Monsters workshops and Liz O’Neil, Chief Exec at Z-arts, about the new Manchester Children’s Library.

“The reporters really took on the challenge of creating both amazing artwork and an amazing video that will hopefully inspire others to get creative and show the impact of the workshops put on thanks to Manchester Literature Festival.” - Kirsty Day, project leader for Media Cubs