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 24-26 June 2020, we are offering a programme of Activity Days for Schools, for all members of our Hull Schools Library Service. The programme is free of charge and includes 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 will be back, and both of the awards ceremonies will take place in Malarkey Park in East Park as part of The Big Malarkey Festival.

The KS2 event is on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 and the KS3 event is on Wednesday 24th June 2020.

Children meet the shortlisted authors and pick 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 2020 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