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Don’t miss two time Carnegie Medal Winner and YA favourite, Patrick Ness as he discusses his brand-new book 'The Rest of Us Just Live Here'.
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Seven Stories is delighted to have won Large Visitor Attraction at the 2015 North East England Tourism Awards.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, is celebrating its 10th birthday with authors, illustrators, publishers and politicians at the House of Commons on 23rd November 2015.
Don’t miss two time Carnegie Medal Winner and YA favourite, Patrick Ness as he discusses his brand-new book 'The Rest of Us Just Live Here'.
Multi-award winning author Michael Morpurgo has donated his entire archive to Seven Stories, as it stands now and for the remainder of his creative life.
This year we welcome two excellent visiting speakers who will be giving a series of talks throughout the year. All events are free and open to the public.
On Monday 14 December 2015 Seven Stories will welcome multi award-winning author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful) to the North East.
“A beautiful book to treasure” Jacqueline Wilson
Calling all Jedis!
We can feel something funny in our bones...
St Mary’s RC Primary, North Shields were the first school back to Seven Stories since its grand reopening courtesy of First Class Supply – the North East based sponsors of the National Centre.
September has arrived and with the decidedly chilly air comes a new season full of events specifically tailored for under 4s at Seven Stories.
A brilliant project was made possible earlier this year with support from the Ernest Cook Trust.
Award winning author and illustrator Nick Sharratt returns to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books for another sell-out event.
Seven Stories – the National treasure of Tyneside – is 10 years old. The Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, Councillor George Pattison will cut Seven Stories’ official birthday cake in celebration.
Since we reopened last month, our visitors have been thoroughly enjoying themselves in our Rhyme Around the World gallery.
Young local author makes national impact
We were so pleased that Jemma Jobson from First Class Supply could join us for our launch earlier this month.
Cuth and Caroline Earl are longstanding supporters of Seven Stories and they invited their friends and family to a party in our Attic.
Seven Stories will officially re-open to the public on Sunday 19 July 2015.
Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books has closed for major refurbishment work and will welcome you back from Sunday 19th July 2015.
Seven Stories - National Centre for Children’s Books joins with two Newcastle venues this weekend to bring its much-loved brand of family fun On the Road for one final weekend.
Seven Stories will join The Children’s Foundation to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in a FREE Family Fun Day extravaganza at Kirkley Hall.
Seven Stories celebrates 30 years of modern classic Journey to Jo'burg and the acquisition of author Beverley Naidoo's archive.
Show how much you love children’s books by donating £10 to our 10th birthday appeal.
Seven Stories will be setting sail for a busy weekend of storytelling as it attends Eclectic Iron Festival, Cullercoats and Jesterval, Baltic Quays as part of the National Centre’s On the Road programme.
Seven Stories heads On the Road to Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens this May. Children can become an explorer deep in the tropical flora and fauna of the Winter Gardens and listen to jungle stories all weekend.
The two National organisations will launch their partnership in a series of events this spring for all the family.
90 children from Northern Saints school in Sunderland will welcome author and comic creator Stephan Pastis on Tuesday 19 May as part of Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books’ Authors into Schools Programme.
Seven Stories will head out On the Road this Spring to bring the wonderful world of children’s books to life across the North East.
You can now support Seven Stories at no cost to yourself simply by shopping online.
Seven Stories is thrilled to welcome author and illustrator Emily MacKenzie for an event for the whole family celebrating her debut picturebook WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar.
Seven Stories is very excited to announce that they are hosting an event with best-selling author Jodi Picoult this June alongside her daughter and co-author Samantha Van Leer.
Seven Stories is delighted to welcome illustrator Helen Craig to their popular Angelina Ballerina story time in StoryLab exhibition dedicated to her work.
This July we are opening three new exhibitions to coincide with our 10th Birthday celebrations.
This March Tyneside Cinema and Seven Stories, National Centre For Children’s Books, are giving families in Newcastle a chance to meet a ‘real’ princess at a special screening of Disney’s brand new live action film adaptation of Cinderella.
The much anticipated shortlist has been announced by CILIP for this year's prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals.
It's a double celebration as we are awarded two grants from Arts Council England.
We've teamed up with our friends at nine leading cultural venues to create The Insider - a new invite list that'll bring you the best exhibitions, shows, events and a special offer or two.
Seven Stories will go HOPPING mad with stories, creative activities and a fabulous family event with debut author Emily MacKenzie this Easter.
Beverly Naidoo has donated a large archive containing research notes, manuscripts correspondence and responses to her work, to Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.
Broadcaster & playwright Ian McMillan says creativity for children is crucial to “creating better human beings” in 10th annual Fickling Lecture
We have some exciting news to share with you.
Seven Stories is thrilled to welcome back Northumbria University Drama and Applied Theatre students as they bring to life the National Centre with stories of Lost and Found this February half term.
Seven Stories welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to its visitor centre in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 28 January.
There is something for everyone this Spring at Seven Stories as the National Centre unveils a new season of events for all the family including a packed February Half Term.
John Lewis has kindly donated Monty the Penguin to Seven Stories.
Yasmeen Ismail will be visiting Seven Stories in January as the next Artist in Residence.
A generous, anonymous donor has gifted The Railway Children BookBench - one of the ‘Books About Town’ benches commissioned by National Literacy Trust, to Seven Stories.
You are invited to the premiere of The Dumping Ground: Series 3 at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books.
Ann Bayliss and Paula Wride recognised at Museum Volunteer Awards 2014
A Gateshead school has found an innovative way to create a new library for its pupils by converting a double decker bus into an exciting reading space for the youngsters.
Renowned children’s author Dan Smith has given secondary school children in North Shields a thrilling insight into his latest novel – a tale of WW2 drama seen through the eyes of a young German boy.
Step into Christmas at Seven Stories this festive season and enjoy a range of magical events that will get the whole family into the Christmas spirit.
World Book Day announce stellar line up of authors for the Newcastle leg of their Biggest Book Show Live Tour 2015.
NORTH EAST-based educational furnishings supplier Eden Learning Spaces has joined forces with the national children's centre for books, Seven Stories, in a bid to inspire children across the UK with 'reading for pleasure'.
Winners of Seven Stories’ World War One competition to dedicate a poignant new book by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey were presented this weekend with their books as part of Remembrance Sunday services.
For the first time in forever, Seven Stories are hosting a very special sing-a-long Frozen spectacular
First Class Supply, the leading teaching supply agency, is delighted to announce its exclusive education sponsorship of Seven Stories.
Don't be a scaredy cat - visit Seven Stories this October Half Term
We are delighted to announce that you can now pre-order your *SIGNED* copy of 'Over the Hills and Faraway: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World' compiled by Elizabeth Hammill, Seven Stories Co-Founder.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books is delighted to announce Diverse Voices – 50 of the Best Children’s Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.
Grab your lightsaber and join in as Seven Stories goes Star Wars crazy.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books are delighted to announce that the centre will receive a grant of £341,500 from Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Collecting Cultures’ programme.
Family Explorers North East, a unique project, is helping families in the region to enjoy a wider range of cultural experiences together.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books are absolutely delighted to share with you that we have been successful in our application to Newcastle Culture Fund
In the first fundraiser event of its kind, Seven Stories went Back to School with 150 guests from our local business community.
Seven Stories are thrilled to welcome Hervé Tullet as their Artist in Residence this Autumn to celebrate the launch of his new book Mix It Up!
Michael Rosen will visit Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books this September to discuss how to be your child’s (and your own) best teacher and to launch his new book Good Ideas.
To mark the centenary of WW1, Seven Stories are celebrating the achievements of local military hero John Simpson Kirkpatrick who, along with his donkey Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the Gallipoli campaign.
Seven Stories has been given a boost thanks to a donation of £1000 from the Tesco Community Awards.
IBBY UK and British writers and illustrators for children and young people protest the effect on children of the latest Israeli assault in Gaza
Tyne and Wear Metro has today launched a new digitally-driven summer campaign in a bid to increase awareness of places to visit around the region using the Metro system.
Visitors are invited to perfect their pirouette in front of a full length Mouse-Land Mirror and discover the magical world of Angelina Ballerina and her creators.
Tony Mitton has been named winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education CLPE Poetry Award for his atmospheric ballad, Wayland.
Seven Stories welcomes Angelina Ballerina for a StoryLab Gallery exhibition, but keep your eyes peeled – there are dinosaurs on the prowl.
We are delighted to tell you that our appeal for donations towards the purchase of drawings by Susan Einzig for Tom’s Midnight Garden raised over £6,000
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books heard today that it will continue to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation from 2015 – 2018.
On Tuesday 17th June 2014 Seven Stories welcomed their 100,000th school visitor to the National Centre for Children’s Books in the Ouseburn Valley.
Seven Stories welcomed phenomenally popular YA author Cassandra Clare to the North East for an event with 300 Shadow Hunters!
Local school pupils pitch their ideas to an expert panel from CBBC including Cel Spellman, Cheryl Taylor and Simon Bartram.
Tyneside Cinema and Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, have teamed up to present a year-long season of films and events inspired by children’s stories.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books is launching an exciting new exhibition, Moving Stories – Children’s Books from Page to Screen. Co-curated with the National Media Museum in Bradford.
Seven Stories’ exhibitions are unique. They are recognised across the UK for their cultural integrity and the opportunity the present for families to playfully engage with the best of British children’s books.
During World Book Day 2014 celebrations, Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books engaged over 8500 children across the UK with a love of reading, adventure and stories in their most popular World Book Day season to date.
Seven Stories is saddened to hear of the passing of Ann Key
Discover our Top Ten Tips for sharing stories at home
We were thrilled to have Justin Fletcher film Something Special here at Seven Stories!
Seven Stories’ multipurpose space, Storylab, is being reinvented for the first time in eight years into a dedicated gallery space to inspire older children and young adults alike.
Books stay with you – they excite you, make you cry, make you laugh and they inspire you. Students from Sunderland University BA Hons in Childhood Studies course visited Seven Stories to discover the power of books.
NewcastleGateshead’s leading cultural venues have been awarded the highest accolade in the country for equality and diversity; The Equality Standard Gold Award.
Illustration students from Sunderland University will join award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold as he talks about his inspiration, creative process and stunning illustrations this Thursday.
Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, will collect their National Lottery Award at a glittering awards ceremony broadcast on BBC One this week.
Seven Stories is excited to announce the launch of their new Digital Exhibition.
Today, Malala Yousafzai will spend her 16th birthday fighting for others.We’ve raised our voices to support her fight, but let’s not let her own incredible strength and bravery go uncelebrated.
Talented young illustrators, Pippa Curnick, Sian Jenkins and Holly Sterling have won Seven Stories’ Over the Hills and Far Away illustration competition, each for illustrating one of three sets of rhymes.
Step into a season of fabulous StoryParty sessions this Spring as Under 4s are spoilt for choice.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books launches a brand new programme packed with imaginative and interactive events for the under5s.
Terror-fic author events, Spooktacular storytimes and innovative theatre performances will excite all the family this season at Seven Stories.
Seven Stories are delighted to announce that current ‘Queen of Teen’, James Dawson will be visiting to discuss his new non-fiction title This Book is Gay! on Tuesday 14 October 2014.
A Wonderland of activities and storytelling awaits visitors to Seven Stories this May Half Term as the National Centre for Children’s Books celebrates the zany world of Alice in Wonderland.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books is delighted to be welcoming internationally acclaimed picture book author and illustrator Petr Horacek to the North East for two events which will enchant young fans and inspire aspiring illustrato
Come join Seven Stories in celebrating this Easter with a plethora of events to champion the art of storytelling from page, stage and screen.
American journalist turned YA author Erin Lange, will be discussing her critically acclaimed books Butter and Dead Ends in an event which aims to inspire a young generation of writers at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.
Visitors are invited to go on an adventure packed with friendship, solitude and soup with author Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty.
Daily film screenings and popular events for the under5s at Seven Stories between 17 March and 3 April.
The National Centre for Children’s Books celebrates February Half Term with a plethora of events to champion the art of the picture book.
Festive magic will be sprinkled liberally over Seven Stories in the run up to Christmas. The whole building will be bursting with Christmas cheer as the centre is transformed into a wonderland of twinkling lights and yuletide decorations to celebrate
Mog the Forgetful Cat loves to dream. Visitors of all ages are invited to join in events and activities inspired by her hilarious twilight adventures, part of Juice Festival 2013.
William saw the ghost on only two occasions, but he often heard her footsteps passing his window. He hears them still... in his dreams…
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books will be celebrating the wonderfully wacky world of Roald Dahl in a weekend dedicated to his best-selling novel, The Witches.
The summer is drawing to an end and Seven Stories is getting its pencil case sorted for the new term. We had visits from so many wonderful authors, illustrators, comic book heroes and mysterious figures.
Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books is celebrating 10 years of You Choose this August in a sell-out event with best-selling illustrator Nick Sharratt and author Pippa Goodhart.
August is filled with fantastic events at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, including an event with best-selling illustrator Nick Sharratt and author Pippa Goodhart who will celebrate 10 years of You Choose in a sell-out event.
Seven Stories is ready for an adventure this season with a busy programme of sizzling summer events.
Visitors can discover the great outdoors and have an adventure of their own this May Half Term as Seven Stories celebrates the launch of their brand new exhibition; Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts, the Many Adventures of Enid Blyton.
This Easter Holiday Seven Stories is waving goodbye to The Gruffalo and friends as their popular exhibition, A Squash and a Squeeze, Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson comes to an end.
Axel Scheffler, award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Zog and Superworm will be at Seven Stories at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 March for an interactive session to discuss the art of creating picture books.
Are you feeling brave? Take a walk on the wild side with some beastly events this February Half Term.
This season is packed full of events for the whole family.
2014 marks the Centenary of the beginning of World War 1. To commemorate this, intu Metrocentre are holding a 4 day event
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