About the festival
Children’s Literature Festivals is the brainchild of local-born author Christina Gabbitas. There are over 350 literature festivals in the UK, with less than 10% solely centred on children. With falling literacy levels and England being ranked bottom of the table in the developed world for literacy amongst 16-19 year olds in a 2016 report , Christina thinks we should be concentrating on children in early years and primary to instil interest them in an interest and a love of books.
Blackburn Children’s Literature Festival is set to encourage children from all cultures , backgrounds, and abilities, to read and write.
We believe that reading is not just fantastic educationally, but socially and emotionally too.