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 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 – 3 pupils, author talks and a range of practical workshops, exploring stories and literature in different media.

Once again the very popular James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award will be back, and for the first time ever both of the awards ceremonies will take place in Malarkey Park in East Park in June 2019 as part of The Big Malarkey Festival.

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

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 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