Project information

Bootle Children's Literary Festival

Ykids is hosting the first Bootle Children's literary festival. The festival is designed to promote reading and a love of literature. We will be bringing famous local authors such as Levi Tafari to Bootle and hosting workshops in schools, a literary extravaganza and opening a childrens book shop

August 2013 - December 2013

Charity information


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  • Need


    Children in Bootle have limited access to the imaginative world generated by books and literature. Bootle has no bookshop and only 3 small libraries which are all under threat of closure. In recent phonics tests children were better at reading nonsense words than real words - words such as ‘Jazz’ and ‘Turnip’ were not in their vocabulary as these words are not within the experience of a non-book culture. We want to change this as a love of reading can lead to greater life chances.


    The Bootle children's literary festival has 4 strands:
    1. Taking a famous author into all Bootle primary schools for assemblies and workshops
    2. A 2 day literary extravaganza for 600 children hosted by famous authors including workshops on creative writing, illustrating, reading for pleasure and rapping
    3. Opening a 2 week pop-up bookshop in the local shopping centre selling new and second hand children's books
    4, Children's Poetry competition leading to a published book

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To stage the Bootle Children's Literary Festival


    » Schools literary festival - taking published authors into all local primary schools for workshops and assemblies
    » literary fest - 2 day event for 600 children with creative workshops around story telling, reading for pleasure, creative writing and illustrating
    » pop-up book shop - selling new and second hand children's books in the run up to Christmas as well as offering author signings and activities
    » Children's poetry competition - with the poems of winners and runners up being published in a poetry book.

    success will be measured by feedback from children and teachers, attendance at events, footfall in the bookshop and number of and quality of entries in the poetry competition.

  • Impact


    it is our ambition to increase children's love of reading. This will be measured by taking a benchmark assessment about their attitude to reading at the beginning and end of the project and again 6 months after completion. We are treating the pop-up bookshop as a pilot project which if successful we wish to make a regular activity. This has 2 benefits; high street regeneration by making use of empty shop 'voids' in the local shopping centre and giving children access to cheap, quality books.


    Children could not engage - all the local schools are on-board and excited to be part of the project. The event has also been publicised extensively in local press and with local organisations
    authors could not come - all authors have been booked in advance including Levi Tafari and Alan Gibbons
    Low footfall in bookshop - it is opening in November to catch the Christmas shoppers, the bookshop will also offer activities and author signings to increase footfall.


    A full evaluation report will be written after the project incorporating feedback, participation, engagement and impact which can be circulated to all interested parties. Updates, quotes and photos will be published on Ykids website as well as on our facebook profile and twitter feed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,970

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,425 Literary Fest workshops in schools and 2 day interactive event with 8 authors
      £5,060 Poetry Book Poetry competition with subsequent poetry book
      £6,485 Book Shop 2 week pop-up book shop selling new and second hand books
  • Background


    The event is targeted at children living in Bootle, Merseyside. All activities and events will be targeted at children in and around Bootle.


    The immediate beneficiaries are children living in Bootle. However the project will have a knock on impact upon families and schools

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ykids has a proven track record of delivering large scale events aimed at children in Bootle. Our work spans the whole of Bootle and therefore isn't limited to smaller wards or school catchment areas. Our designated schools team has strong, positive relationships with staff and children in local primary school and our input and creative delivery is both welcomed and encouraged. We have strong links with the strand shopping centre and have been offered the use of an empty shop for our bookshop

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Morgans

    YKids CEO - as we are a relatively small charity our CEO and founder takes a hands on role and is the driving passion behind the literary festival!

    Kate Yates

    Schools work co-ordinator (primary) - Kate regularly delivers workshops and assemblies in local schools and knows the staff and children well

    Staff And Volunteer Team!

    Our wider team of staff and volunteers will be working in the bookshop, collecting book donations, engaging with children & making the event a success