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 which ran from 2017 – 2021.

The READ ON project was designed to get 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 at

One of the lasting legacies of the project is a a practical guide created 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. If you would like to read a version which is not in English, you can visit this page to find all the translated versions. 

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.

With 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.

Young Writers' Toolkit 2023

Wondering how you can keep writing, even after you’ve finished studying? Join us for the opportunity to gain insider knowledge.

Young Writers Magazine

Submit your writing for publication in our Spark Young Writers Magazine. 

Exclusively for young people aged 8 – 20.