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Northumbria Students team up with Seven Stories for fifth consecutive year

Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books has teamed up with Northumbria University for the fifth consecutive year to produce immersive theatre as part of February half term: Week of Wizarding Wonder.

Seven Stories' We Love Books Campaign to Celebrate World Book Day 2016

Visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite stories which will be read as part of World Book Day celebrations this March.

David Almond Fellowships 2016 Announced.

Newcastle University and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books are pleased to announce details of the 2016 David Almond Fellowships.

Wands at the Ready - February Half Term is Approaching.

Wands at the ready. Hop on your Nimbus 3000 and whizz down to Seven Stories for a week of wizarding wonder!

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Seven Stories' youngest visitors will be delighted by the return of the train set.

First Class Supply to continue their exclusive education sponsorship with Seven Stories.

We are thrilled to announce that First Class Supply will continue their exclusive education sponsorship with Seven Stories.

Elves Wanted: Seven Stories needs your help

Christmas is coming! Seven Stories launches festivities this weekend with a stellar programme complete with elves, guest artist, everyone’s favourite mouse and a certain festive fella in red.

Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books win North East Tourism Award.

Seven Stories is delighted to have won Large Visitor Attraction at the 2015 North East England Tourism Awards.

Number one best-selling author David Walliams comes to Seven Stories.

Tuesday 24 November 2015. Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books, was thrilled to welcome the biggest selling children's author since 2000, David Walliams.

Seven Stories celebrates 10th birthday at House of Commons.

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.

An Evening with Patrick Ness

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'.

Seven Stories acquires Michael Morpurgo Archive

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.

Newcastle Children’s Literature Unit: Visiting Speakers Programme

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 Angel Wings – a Christmas Concert with Michael Morpurgo

On Monday 14 December 2015 Seven Stories will welcome multi award-winning author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful) to the North East.

Drawn from the Archive, Hidden Histories of Illustration

“A beautiful book to treasure” Jacqueline Wilson

Star Wars Reads Day

Calling all Jedis!

Oct Half Term: Funnybones and Scary Skeletons

We can feel something funny in our bones...

Seven Stories welcomes first local primary school for a First Class visit.

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.

Early Years Programming at Seven Stories

September has arrived and with the decidedly chilly air comes a new season full of events specifically tailored for under 4s at Seven Stories.

Thank you to the Ernest Cook Trust

A brilliant project was made possible earlier this year with support from the Ernest Cook Trust.

Fin-tastic day of events with award winning author Nick Sharratt

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 Turns 10 Years Old

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.

Thank You to the Siobhan Dowd Trust

Since we reopened last month, our visitors have been thoroughly enjoying themselves in our Rhyme Around the World gallery.

13 Days of Midnight Launches at Seven Stories

Young local author makes national impact

First Class Supply help to launch our new Learning Space

We were so pleased that Jemma Jobson from First Class Supply could join us for our launch earlier this month.

Be Part of Our Story

Cuth and Caroline Earl are longstanding supporters of Seven Stories and they invited their friends and family to a party in our Attic.

Grand Re-Opening of Seven Stories - National Centre for Children's Books

Seven Stories will officially re-open to the public on Sunday 19 July 2015.

About Our Refurbishment

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 Goes On the Road for One Final Weekend of Family Fun

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.

Head Into the Woods at Kirkley Hall and you’re sure of a storytelling surprise

Seven Stories will join The Children’s Foundation to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in a FREE Family Fun Day extravaganza at Kirkley Hall.

Beverley Naidoo's archive inspires Arts Award project with The Academy at Shotton Hall.

Seven Stories celebrates 30 years of modern classic Journey to Jo'burg and the acquisition of author Beverley Naidoo's archive.

Give 10 for 10

Show how much you love children’s books by donating £10 to our 10th birthday appeal.

Seven Stories sets sail for a weekend of storytelling

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 goes On the Road to Sunderland

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.

Seven Stories and National Trust Gibside join forces for a Wild Rumpus

The two National organisations will launch their partnership in a series of events this spring for all the family.

New York Times Best-Selling Author Visits Sunderland School

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 Takes to the Road

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.

Bunny Book Burglars Run Rife at Seven Stories

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 to Host Event with Best-Selling Author Jodi Picoult

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.

Special guest to join in farewell Angelina Ballerina Story time

Seven Stories is delighted to welcome illustrator Helen Craig to their popular Angelina Ballerina story time in StoryLab exhibition dedicated to her work.

Three brand-new exhibitions opening at Seven Stories this Summer.

This July we are opening three new exhibitions to coincide with our 10th Birthday celebrations.

Meet Cinderella at Tyneside Cinema

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.

CILIP announce 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shortlist

The much anticipated shortlist has been announced by CILIP for this year's prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals.

Seven Stories Receives Two Arts Council Grant Streams

It's a double celebration as we are awarded two grants from Arts Council England.

The Insider

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.

Go HOPPING Mad this Easter

Seven Stories will go HOPPING mad with stories, creative activities and a fabulous family event with debut author Emily MacKenzie this Easter.

Beverly Naidoo Donates Archive to Seven Stories

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.

10th Annual Fickling Lecture

Broadcaster & playwright Ian McMillan says creativity for children is crucial to “creating better human beings” in 10th annual Fickling Lecture

Seven Stories Closing for Refurbishment in April 2015

We have some exciting news to share with you.

Seven Stories partners with Northumbria University to create innovative pop-up theatre.

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.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits Seven Stories

Seven Stories welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to its visitor centre in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 28 January.

Once upon a February Half Term lived a host of fairy tale characters

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.

Monty the Penguin to find new home at Seven Stories

John Lewis has kindly donated Monty the Penguin to Seven Stories.

Award-Winning illustrator Yasmeen Ismail is next Artist in Residence

Yasmeen Ismail will be visiting Seven Stories in January as the next Artist in Residence.

The Railway Children Book Bench Donated to Seven Stories

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.

The Dumping Ground: Series 3 to Premiere at Seven Stories

You are invited to the premiere of The Dumping Ground: Series 3 at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books.

Seven Stories’ Volunteer wins ‘Contribution to Collections Care Award’ at the North East Museum Volunteer Awards.

Ann Bayliss and Paula Wride recognised at Museum Volunteer Awards 2014

Double Decker Becomes Book Bus

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.

Teaching agency provides first class support to renowned North East children’s author

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.

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

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 2015 Coming to Newcastle

World Book Day announce stellar line up of authors for the Newcastle leg of their Biggest Book Show Live Tour 2015.

Local Business Inspires a Love of Reading for Kids

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'.

Sunday Remembrance Service Book Presentation

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.

Sing - a - Long Frozen Spectacular

For the first time in forever, Seven Stories are hosting a very special sing-a-long Frozen spectacular

First Class Supply to help national centre of literature tell more stories

First Class Supply, the leading teaching supply agency, is delighted to announce its exclusive education sponsorship of Seven Stories.

Terror-ific Events this October Half Term

Don't be a scaredy cat - visit Seven Stories this October Half Term

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World

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.

Diverse Voices – 50 of the Best Children’s Books

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.

Star Wars Weekend

Grab your lightsaber and join in as Seven Stories goes Star Wars crazy.

Seven Stories benefits from Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Collecting Cultures’ Programme

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.

North East 'Family Explorers' invited to review days out

Family Explorers North East, a unique project, is helping families in the region to enjoy a wider range of cultural experiences together.

Seven Stories Successful in Newcastle Culture Investment Fund Bid

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

Seven Stories went Back to School and raised £9111.

In the first fundraiser event of its kind, Seven Stories went Back to School with 150 guests from our local business community.

Mix It Up! with Hervé Tullet at Seven Stories

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 to Launch New Book at Seven Stories

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.

Simpson and his Donkey celebrated at Seven Stories

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 celebrates Tesco Community Awards donation.

Seven Stories has been given a boost thanks to a donation of £1000 from the Tesco Community Awards.

Join IBBY UK to protest the effect on children of the latest Israeli assault in Gaza

IBBY UK and British writers and illustrators for children and young people protest the effect on children of the latest Israeli assault in Gaza

Get on board with Tyne & Wear Metro's '#42 ways' campaign

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.

*New Exhibition* Twists and Tails - the Story of Angelina Ballerina

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.

The Winner of the CLPE Poetry Award 2014 is Tony Mitton for Wayland

Tony Mitton has been named winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education CLPE Poetry Award for his atmospheric ballad, Wayland.

Dino ROARs and Dancing Paws – it’s Summer at Seven Stories!

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 secures Arts Council funding until 2018

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.

Seven Stories welcomes their 100,000th School Visitor

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.

Shadow Hunting with Cassandra Clare

Seven Stories welcomed phenomenally popular YA author Cassandra Clare to the North East for an event with 300 Shadow Hunters!

CBBC Live at Seven Stories

Local school pupils pitch their ideas to an expert panel from CBBC including Cel Spellman, Cheryl Taylor and Simon Bartram.

Seven Stories and Tyneside Cinema bring children’s books to the big screen with season of family films

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.

NEW EXHIBITION NOW OPEN: Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen

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.

National Success for Seven Stories Touring Exhibitions

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.

World Book Day Success for Seven Stories

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.

Ann Key

Seven Stories is saddened to hear of the passing of Ann Key

Top Ten Tips for Sharing Picture Books

Discover our Top Ten Tips for sharing stories at home

Something Special at Seven Stories

We were thrilled to have Justin Fletcher film Something Special here at Seven Stories!

Storylab reinvented for the first time as exciting exhibition space is launched 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.

Sunderland University and Seven Stories work together to share the power of children's books.

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.

Local Students to Meet Award-Winning Illustrator

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.

Next Chapter for Seven Stories' Success Story

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 Launches Innovative Digital Exhibition

Seven Stories is excited to announce the launch of their new Digital Exhibition.

Malala Day: A Message from Sarah Brown

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.

Young illustrators win opportunity for inclusion in Over the Hills and Far Away Nursery Rhyme collection

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.

Event News from Seven Stories

Step into a New Season of StoryParty for Under4s this Spring

Step into a season of fabulous StoryParty sessions this Spring as Under 4s are spoilt for choice.

Once upon a February Half Term lived a host of fairy tale characters

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.

Little Bookworms will be Busy at Seven Stories this Season.

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books launches a brand new programme packed with imaginative and interactive events for the under5s.

It's a Spooktacular New Season at Seven Stories

Terror-fic author events, Spooktacular storytimes and innovative theatre performances will excite all the family this season at Seven Stories.

This Event is Gay! with James Dawson

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.

Fall down the rabbit hole this May half term

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.

Internationally acclaimed illustrator Petr Horácek visits Seven Stories

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

Celebrate Stories from Page to Screen this Easter!

Come join Seven Stories in celebrating this Easter with a plethora of events to champion the art of storytelling from page, stage and screen.

Author Event with Erin Lange

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.

Meet the Creators of The Snorgh and The Sailor

Visitors are invited to go on an adventure packed with friendship, solitude and soup with author Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty.

Film Screenings Galore at Seven Stories this Spring

Daily film screenings and popular events for the under5s at Seven Stories between 17 March and 3 April.

Celebrate Picturebooks with Seven Stories this February Half Term

The National Centre for Children’s Books celebrates February Half Term with a plethora of events to champion the art of the picture book.

You are invited to Christmas at Seven Stories!

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

Step into a Dream World this October Half Term

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.

An Evening of Ghost Stories with William Hussey

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 celebrates with 30 years of The Witches by Roald Dahl

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.

What a busy Summer!

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.

Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart in sell out You Choose event

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.

Amazing Authors at Seven Stories this August!

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.

You are invited to Summer at Seven Stories!

Seven Stories is ready for an adventure this season with a busy programme of sizzling summer events.

Lashings of fun this May Half Term

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.

Seven Stories Waves Goodbye to The Gruffalo this Easter.

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.

Illustrator of ‘The Gruffalo’ Shares Top Tips for Perfect Picture Book Creation

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.

Into the Wild this February Half Term

Are you feeling brave? Take a walk on the wild side with some beastly events this February Half Term.

Brand New Spring Events Programme

This season is packed full of events for the whole family.

World War 1 Centenary Event at intu Metrocentre

2014 marks the Centenary of the beginning of World War 1. To commemorate this, intu Metrocentre are holding a 4 day event