Coronavirus (COVID-19) – An update from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books

In light of the most recent advice from the UK Government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation, Seven Stories will close its doors to the public from 5pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020 until Sunday 19 April 2020.  We will continue to review the situation and advise in due course if we will be closed beyond this date.

Anyone with tickets booked for events during this period will be contacted via email. All annual pass holders will have the period of time we are closed added to their pass when we re-open. The opening of our new exhibition Where Stories Come From, originally due to take place on Saturday 4 April, will now be postponed. A new launch date will be confirmed as soon as we are in a position to do so.

During this period of uncertainty, the work that we deliver in schools and community settings across the region will be severely impacted. Children’s books, at their best, can help children and young people to understand the changing world around them. Over the coming weeks, our team will be working hard with partners, authors and publishers to explore ways of using children’s books to fire the imagination of children and young people and build their resilience. How we continue to work with partners as well as casual and freelance staff during this period of uncertainty will be at the forefront of our planning process.

Seven Stories is a registered charity with around a third of our annual income generated from ticket sales. We invite you to consider making a donation or donating the value of tickets purchased, to Seven Stories to help secure our future.  

Please refer to our website and social media channels to keep up to date with the latest developments in the coming weeks.

If you have any further questions or queries please email us at

Thank you for your continued support in this uncertain time. We hope to welcome you back to Seven Stories very soon.

Joint Chief Executives
Sarah Lawrance & John Coburn