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Past Events

Penning poetry with Joshua Seigal

29 Nov 2023

This free event will take place via Zoom webinar and teachers and school librarians will be sent a link to join in their confirmation email. Whilst the event will be interactive, children will not be able to speak directly to each other or the presenters. At the end of the event, children will have the opportunity to ask questions via their teacher/librarian. Participants' cameras and microphones will be turned off for this event.

Our 2023 Reading Partner Roadshows!

08 Nov 2023 – 09 Nov 2023

Every year, the Reading Partners team at national charity The Reading Agency run roadshows with our publisher partners to connect publishers, teachers and librarians. The virtual roadshows are an opportunity for library, prison and education sectors to hear from our publishing partners about their latest books, meet authors, enter giveaways and have the chance to ask questions about upcoming opportunities.

Spontaneous Storytelling Masterclass with Danyah Miller

16 Aug 2023

Join this Spontaneous Storytelling Masterclass with master storyteller and expert trainer, Danyah Miller, to start your journey of finding your own unique storytelling voice. You'll leave feeling confident, capable and curious to try out your first spontaneous stories.

Joe Wicks: The Burpee Bears & Summer Reading Challenge 

29 Jun 2023

Ahead of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, we're inviting The Body Coach Joe Wicks to share his love of reading and exercise in this free virtual event for pre-schoolers and lower primary aged children. With a fun workout and a reading of Joe's new book, Burpee Bears, this session is a great opportunity to discover the incredible impact that reading, and exercise can have on a child's wellbeing.

National Crime Reading Month Launch at Waterstones Piccadilly

01 Jun 2023

Launching the CWA's National Crime Reading Month, The Reading Agency is joined by award-winning crime writers, Dreda Say Mitchell MBE and Louise Candlish, at Waterstones Piccadilly.

The Music Bird by ArtsGroupie

12 May 2023

Get inspired by the Liver Birds and create a new and unique animal called The Music Bird! In this interactive workshop participants will explore their memories and the Big Eurovision Read booklist to create The Music Bird.

Luma Trio Performance by Luma Creations

11 May 2023

Come and hear the sounds of Latin America with the Luma Trio. The group will play a range of traditional and contemporary pieces to get you into the mood as the Eurovision Grand Final approaches.

Latin/African Drumming Performance by Luma Creations

05 May 2023

Come and join us for a performance piece that consists of a mix of Latin American and African drumming and dance.

The Music Bird by ArtsGroupie

03 May 2023

Get inspired by the Liver Birds and create a new and unique animal called The Music Bird! In this interactive workshop participants will explore their memories and the Big Eurovision Read booklist to create The Music Bird.

Blue Peter Creative Writing Workshop

09 Feb 2023

Get involved in the upcoming creative writing workshop that can streamed into your classroom to inspire children to enter Blue Peter's Amazing Authors competition with The Reading Agency and BBC Arts. Children will join Blue Peter presenter Joel Mawhinney and author Mitch Johnson for this exciting workshop that will spark their imagination and get them started writing their competition entry.

Invention and Creation with Shane Hegarty

25 Jan 2023

Join Shane Hegarty as he whisks us away into a world of invention and creation with The Impossible Shop of Ice Creams. Shane will deliver an inspiring talk - perfect for children aged 9-12 - and conclude with a Q&A.

Climate Fiction

21 Sep 2022

Schools and libraries can join Nicola Penfold and Hannah Gold for a live, virtual event as they chat about their new books, climate change and some of the everyday changes we can make to tackle the climate crisis.

Women Like Us

08 Sep 2022

In this exclusive, virtual event for librarians Amanda Prowse will take us through her memoir. The first 10 librarians to sign up will also receive a copy of her latest book, Women Like Us: A Memoir! 

Reinvigorate Reading for Pleasure

07 Sep 2022

Join us and The Open University at this special event where a team of teachers, reading for pleasure experts and authors Phil Earle and Elle McNicoll will share tips for creating a reading for pleasure culture in your school.

Commonwealth Pride - Big Jubilee Read episode 3

30 Jun 2022

Two Booker Prize winners, Marlon James and Douglas Stuart, are joined by Uli Lenart of Gay's the Word bookshop to share stories of their writing and experiences. They discuss their books, what it means to write from an LGBT+ perspective, as well as their favourite picks from the Big Jubilee Read booklist.

Journeys in the Commonwealth - Big Jubilee Read episode 2

23 Jun 2022

In the second event of the Big Jubilee Read event series, join Sue Williamson as she talks with authors Kate Grenville and Nam Le about their books and the theme of journeys in the Commonwealth.

Writing from Across the Commonwealth - Big Jubilee Read episode 1

14 Jun 2022

The first of six broadcasts celebrating great reads from across the Commonwealth. Authors Jacob Ross, Jing-Jing Lee and Markus Zusak join host Sarah Shaffi to discuss their books, the role of writing in the Commonwealth and being a part of The Big Jubilee Read.

Books for the Brain: Reading and Young People's Mental Wellbeing

08 Apr 2022

Children can hear from an exciting panel of authors during this free virtual event for schools nationwide, where they discuss various aspects of young people's mental health and how their writing deals with this complex subject.


07 May 2014 – 27 Jun 2014

The Stories That Shape Us - World Book Night 2022

23 Apr 2022

To celebrate World Book Night 2022, The Reading Agency hosted The Stories That Shape Us, a live discussion at The British Library hosted by Bobby Seagull.