A CAMPAIGN to increase children and young people’s access to literary experiences and books has been launched.

Connecting Stories is a campaign which was started to inspire the next generation of readers and writers.

It's led by Swindon Stories from the National Literacy Trust and funded by Arts Council England.

Authors Steve Antony and Simon Farnaby will be championing reading and creative writing in the community, through activities such as virtual school visits.

Simon Farnaby said: “I am delighted to be part of Connecting Stories with the National Literacy Trust and Swindon Stories. With the literacy attainment gap growing ever wider during these difficult times, it’s more important than ever that we nurture imagination and help children realise their potential. I can’t wait to share my own love of reading with the children of Swindon.”

Anish Harrison, hubs manager Swindon stories, said: “Connecting Stories is a brilliant approach to supporting literacy in Swindon during the third lockdown and beyond. The initiative will support wellbeing and inspire a sense of community, whilst

also developing literacy skills. I look forward to seeing some of the creative writing entries, and to supporting the campaign in the Swindon Hub.”