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.

In 2018 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.

Booking opens on 19th February at 4pm:

Once again the very popular James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award for KS2 will take place in our Big Blue Top on the festival site in East Park on Wednesday 20th June.  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 2018 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