City Stories is a literacy and reading project delivered by SmithMartin Partnership LLP


City Stories logo by Radha Clelland  of SmithMartin LLP| The 'Open Book' design by magicmarie of Athens, Greece.


Web design, architecture and hosting by Thirdsectorweb

If you would like an event in your setting or local authority use the 'contact us' button at the bottom of the page. City Stories - happy to help...

Bringing books alive!

Books for school libraries, community centres and children's centres...everywhere

Connecting children and authors around the globe...

The City Stories team work in partnership with you and your community or school.


We project manage the event for you.


We will engage with and recruit authors, illustrators and storytellers to compliment your literacy and reading campaigns.


We devise the event, the workshops delivered by the artistic team and we give you an evaluation after the work is completed.


We market the event for you, after you have approved our designs.


We agree our budget before we proceed and confirm everything in writing.

  • Agree a date and budget


  • Work with you to raise the funds if needed


  • Risk assess and confirm a venue


  • Agree author, illustrator and story-teller bookings for the event


  • Agree the marketing content


  • Print and deliver any postcards, calendars, emails or letters required


  • Undertake any presentations necessary for partners and stakeholders


  • Confirm workshop content with everyone


  • Purchase materials and books, confirm inclusive lunch arrangements


  • Deliver the event - give the children books to keep


  • Feedback


  • Support others to start the local children's book group, if required

What we do