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Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. We select original artwork and manuscripts - from first scribbles to finished work - to make our exhibitions, events and learning programmes.

Our seventh year exceeded all expectations, bringing with it a generous sprinkling of magic. Download our Annual Review here and see what your generosity helped us to achieve.

Seven Stories is a registered charity and relies upon grants and voluntary donations.



Sketchbook Party with Pam Smy


Join Pam Smy, celebrated illustrator and senior illustration lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, for an evening of sharing ideas and creative exploration.

The Lost Gods with Francesca Simon


Meet Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series.

Baby Boogie Woogie


Go on a musical story adventure and get down with a good old baby boogie woogie!

Mixed - Up Fairy Tale Performance

26/04 - 27/04/14

Wander into the wood with the White Rabbit and meet some traditional characters doing some very un-traditional things!

Puffin Peter with Petr Horacek


Flap your wings and fly down to Seven Stories for this heart-warming event

Illustration Master Class with Petr Horacek


Join the award-winning illustrator of Silly Suzy Goose for an exclusive Illustration Master Class

What is Picture Books in Progress?


Discover how our new StoryLab Gallery was created

Horrible Science Comic Book Workshop with Tony De Saulles


Create some scientifically horrible and hilarious stories

Moving Stories First Look Tours


These special tours show the rare treasures from our new exhibition, 'Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen'

The Late Shows 2014

16/05 - 17/05/14

Seven Stories needs your help - our characters have leapt off the page and taken over the centre!

Seven Stories CLOSED from 1pm


Seven Stories will be closing at 1pm today while we take delivery of our new exhibition!

May Half Term

24/05 - 01/06/14

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice, The White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter

How to Draw a Jabberwocky Workshop


Have you always wanted to know how to draw a Jabberwocky?

Floppy Ears and Cotton Tails StoryParty


We are going hopping mad this May Half Term!

The Ice Book


An intimate and immersive animation experience

Alice in Wonderland Pop Up Film School


Make your own short movie version of Alice in Wonderland

Wonderland Workshops


Work as a family to create your own Alice in Wonderland Scene.

Diana Wynne Jones Memorial Conference


A conference to celebrate Diana Wynne Jones who was one of the most outstanding 20th-century writers of British children’s fantasy.


Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen

From 05/04/2014

This exciting new exhibition showcases innovative and influential film and television adaptations inspired by children's books