READ ON EU Project

READ ON is a four year project bringing together seven organisations in six countries working in six languages, funded by the EU Creative Europe programme.

The READ ON project gets young people reading, writing, illustrating, creating graphic novels, interviewing authors, offering their own spin on their favourite book, and curating events at literature festivals, both in their own country and across Europe. 

You can find more information, as well as get involved as a school, youth organisation or individual, at

We created a practical guide for teachers, youth workers, festivals, creative writing tutors which you can read by clicking here. If you want a hard copy please email us your name and postal address.
Two of our young people interviewed the author Louise O’Neill as part of our Birmingham Lit Fest Presents… podcast which made up our digital festival in 2021. To listen to it you can click here.

Get Writing

If you’d like to submit a piece of your writing for possible inclusion in the magazine, please see the Get Involved page to see more details. This magazine is published online three times a year: summer (June/July), winter (October-December) and spring (February-April) terms.

Join a Group

With 22 groups across the West Midlands, including 2 online-only groups, there will be a Spark Young Writers group near you.

Groups are open to young writers aged 8-17 who are interested in any type of creative writing.

Get published

Submit your writing to our magazine which is published online three times a year.

If you live or study in the West Midlands and are under 21, you can submit up to three pieces of writing of fewer than 500 words.

Summer Writing Challenge

Book for a week of creative writing activities, and individual feedback from professional writers.

Monday 26th – Friday 30th July 2021

Exclusively for young people
aged 12-17.