Hull Libraries and The Big Malarkey Festival are joining forces with our friends for the Freedom Festival From Home celebrations.

We are inviting all children and young people to dream, question and discover positive change in our post-pandemic world. With the help of young people in Hull and BBC presenter Kofi Smiles, we’ll be bringing a fresh and exciting mix of guests into the Lab, in a programme designed to appeal to children aged 6+. Join us online at The Reset Lab on the 5th & 6th September to meet scientists and makers, artists and activists, join in some seriously fun challenges, and help press the reset button!

The Reset Lab, will be streamed live from the Makerspace at Hull Central Library on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September 2020 – here’s what’s in store: 

Saturday 5 September

Sunday 6 September

Find out more about the programme on the Freedom Festival website.


Calling all young sci-fi fantasy writers out there – send us your stories!

What’s your fantasy for the future? A clean green high-tech paradise?  Holidays on Mars? Or a bunker under an uninhabitable earth?

Local writer and ‘Leading Kitchen Sink Epic Fantasist’ Lee Harrison is working with The Big Malarkey Festival to collect ideas for a futuristic fantasy story. These will be stitched together to create an epic tale which he’ll read online over the Freedom Festival weekend.

The project is part of The Reset Lab, set to be broadcast on 5th and 6th September, which asks the question ‘if you could reset the world after lockdown, what would you change?’.  Featuring scientists from Hull University, alongside children’s writers, poets and artists, as well as the multi-talented team at Hull Libraries’ Makerspace, the programme will be presented by Kofi Smiles and young people from the area.

Whether you’re into intergalactic space adventure, swords and sorcery fantasy, post-apocalyptic sci-fi, cyberpunk or steampunk, Lee and the Big Malarkey want your ideas!

Submit your drawings, scribblings, photos, maps, character ideas, single words or full-on stories by Sunday 30 August to

via social media: Twitter / Facebook  / Instagram  #theresetlab 

or via the World Rebooted: Moodboard of the future website