The UK’s largest children’s literacy session took place at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on Friday, May 27 with one of Britain’s leading children’s authors, Jason Beresford.

500 schoolchildren from 20 schools across the Harrogate district took part in The ‘Big Write’ delivered by the education experts, Pobble – a global literacy initiative for sharing primary students’ writing – and Harrogate International Festivals.

The event is part of the festival’s yearly outreach work of workshops, masterclasses, community and creative learning events.

The session involved the primary school children writing short stories around the theme of time travel. Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the interactive workshop.

Jason Beresford is the author of ‘The Fabulous Four Fish Fingers’, ‘Frozen Fish Fingers’ and ‘Fish Fingers vs Nuggets’ about a gang of superhero kids. Before becoming a children’s author, he worked in television for over 20 years, and directed Emmerdale and Coronation Street. The Leeds author is also a fully qualified primary school teacher.

All children taking part will have their work published and shared with the world on

Anna Whiteley, at Pobble, said: “This is the most exciting event we’ve done to date. Writing is crucial not just in terms of developing literacy, but it allows children to express themselves, and boosts confidence. This is what Pobble is all about – engaging young minds and giving children a platform to share their fantastic writing.”

Gemma Rowland, Operations Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: “We have put Harrogate on the literary map with our major book festivals, featuring the biggest authors at work. It’s important to us that we use our platform to engage and inspire young people in the district as part of our educational work in the community to help not only raise literacy levels but inspire future generations. They could one day be the stars of our future festivals.”