The Big Malarkey Festival is part of the Hull Libraries’ great offer for city schools. We aim to encourage Hull children and young people to read for pleasure, to discover new writers and develop their own talents and imagination.

From 25-28 June 2019, we offered a programme of Activity Days for Schools, for all members of our Hull Schools Library Service. The programme was free of charge and included sessions for EYFS and KS1 – KS3 pupils, author talks and a range of practical workshops, exploring stories and literature in different media.

The very popular James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award was back, and for the first time ever both of the awards ceremonies took place in Malarkey Park in East Park as part of The Big Malarkey Festival.

The KS2 event was on Tuesday 25th June 2019 and the KS3 event was on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Children met the shortlisted authors and picked a winner after a fun day of lively discussion. Contact for more details.

We are grateful to the James Reckitt Library Trust for supporting the 2019 Activity Days for Schools.

The experience of The Big Malarkey is invaluable in raising the aspirations of Hull children. A unique experience incorporating dance, drama, poetry, art, music and technology. Appealing to all ages, this unmissable event needs to be a date in everyone’s diary!

Lisa Fisher – ‘Every Child a Reader’ Specialist TeacherThanet Primary School