Kicking Leaves- Organising a Children's Literature Festival


Project Information

Partners 2010-11: Schools across Pennine Lancashire / Lancashire Museums Service / Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts / Renaissance / Todmorden Town Council / Towneley Hall/ Transdev


Practitioners: Rachel Ash drama worker / Terry Caffrey poet / Julia Donaldson writer / Sonia Hughes writer / Steve Hutton illustrator / Gordon MacLellan storyteller / Sophia Rashid scriptwriter & drama worker / Angie Thompson illustrator / David Webb writer / Alison White writer.

Download: The poetry anthology here.

Kicking Leaves- Organising a Children's Literature Festival

An example of the final product

‘Kicking Leaves’: organising a children’s literature festival

The 2010-11 Kicking Leaves was our fifth successful biennial festival.  What makes the Kicking Leaves different from the many other festivals appearing across the country is the emphasis on professional practitioners working alongside children to develop their own writing.  The writing takes place both within the classroom and in outdoor settings, from country parks to graveyards, from school grounds to historic houses. The children create new literature for their peers within school in the form of displayed work and outside school in a published anthology.

For 2011 their work has been published as a moving gallery, a mobile anthology of children’s poetry!  Their work has been published on coving posters on the Mainline bus routes from Barnoldswick, Trawden and Colne, to Nelson, Burnley and Accrington, Whalley and Clitheroe.  All the routes are displaying the children’s work.  300,000 people each month will view their writing! You can download the poems here.



-       developing new successful strategies for writing

-       vocabulary building & language development

-       developing speaking & listening skills

-       story-boarding


-       new literacy strategies for the classroom

-       new partnerships with practitioners and organisations