The Big Malarkey Festival is Hull’s first ever children’s literature festival!

We wish you a fun-filled time, trying all kinds of activities – watching, making, listening, writing, singing and maybe discovering stuff you didn’t know about the wonderful world of children’s literature.

Hull Libraries and Hull UK City of Culture are delighted to bring you this first festival – we hope it is the first of many, so don’t forget to tell us what you think before you go!


Hull Libraries
Hull Libraries are a unique resource for the city, and are proud to provide an inspiring service to children and young people, schools and families, promoting reading for pleasure and encouraging curiosity, learning and creativity. Come to the Love My Library tent to find out more.

James Reckitt Library Trust
The Trust was established as an independent charitable trust in 1892 by the pioneering industrialist and philanthropist, Sir James Reckitt. Today the JRLT supports the development of public libraries throughout Kingston upon Hull, with a vast range of projects and events. Find out more about the story of James Reckitt, and the Trust’s work at

Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Hull 2017 is a 365 day programme of cultural events and creativity inspired by the city and told to the world. Hull secured the title of UK City of Culture 2017 in November 2013. It is only the second city to hold the title and the first in England. Find out more at