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A free event for families. Co-curated with Maia, 9 years old, the event is inspired by her letter to her Headteacher asking for her school to include more ‘Black books by Black authors’ in their reading lists and on the curriculum.

Maia invites her favourite authors Nathan Bryon, Hannah Lee and Peter Kalu to read their books and have a conversation with Manchester school children, in front of a live digital audience of children and their families.

Co-hosted by Maia Franklin and Olivia Lee, our Project Coordinator for The Agency.

This event will be captioned.

You can also catch the livestream over on our Facebook page. However, if you and your family would like to be a part of the full event and ask questions you can still book a free space to be on the Zoom call.

If you have any safeguarding concerns, you might want to watch the Facebook stream instead.

Watch Maia read her letter below.


The Authors

Nathan Bryon is an award-winning writer and actor who has written for BAFTA award-winning children’s TV shows, such as Swashbuckle and Apple Tree House and critically-acclaimed Rastamouse. A rising star in the world of screenwriting, his animated series, Afro Kid, is currently under option. Look Up! is his debut picture book for children.

Hannah Lee is a writer from London that loves telling stories! She also enjoys travelling, wearing bright colours, keeping a finger on the pulse of pop culture and reading romance novels with sweet happy ever afters. Hannah is the author of MY HAIR and adores every opportunity she gets to meet and interact with her amazing readers. Her mission is to create stories that transport you somewhere special.

Pete Kalu is a novelist. He has sung opera in German, been detained in Calabar, Nigeria, busked near Islamabad, Pakistan and felled trees in Canada.  Some of this is untrue.

In partnership with Manchester City of Literature, Read Manchester.

In collaboration with St. Margaret Primary School, Abraham Moss Community School.

  • Price
    FREE
  • Venue

    Online via Zoom.

  • Ages
    4-8 years old and their grown ups.
  • Running
    75 minutes
  • Booking info

    This event will be captioned.

  • Genre
Date Time
Saturday 28 November 2:00pm Book

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