Northern Dreaming
From 19 October
A gift of stories to inspire the young. Pick up your free copy from your local Leeds Library or Children’s Centre.
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About the project

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A gift for the newborns of Leeds

Welcoming a new addition this year? LEEDS 2023 and the British Library have come together to create a special gift for babies born in Leeds in 2023. 

Northern Dreaming is a collection of poetry and stories created with early career and published writers including the current Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay OBE, BBC Young Writer’s Award winner Elena Barham and up-and-coming poet - and newly qualified doctor - Safia Khan to share the unique imaginations of these writers for the next generation of dreamers to enjoy.

The gift is a celebration of the magical thrill of storytelling. It’s a place for readers to find comfort, inspiration and joy. 

With stories for babies, children and young adults, the book is designed to carry readers all the way through their childhood, and be treasured long after the last page has been turned. 

Your copy of Northern Dreaming will be available for free from Leeds Libraries and Children’s Centres across Leeds from 19th October onwards. Please click on the links below to find where your nearest collection point is. 

Find your nearest library.

Find your nearest Children's Centre.

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Northern Dreaming Storytime
Mon 6 Nov - Fri 22 Dec

We're touring a free Storytelling performance of the first part of the book, aimed at 0-7 year olds, to Early Years settings and schools, as well as community settings such as libraries, community centres, social clubs and parent and toddler groups. There are a limited number of performances available and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so make sure to book your spot now!

Northern Dreaming audiobook


Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England and the British Library.

Supported by

Heritage Fund

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