Middlesbrough Reads needs you….

An exciting opportunity has arisen for our amazing Kader writers this week and we would LOVE to see you get involved! 

Rachael Wong, author of The Bridge that George Built (Brewin Books)based in Middlesbrough, is launching a series of daily storytelling videos from Monday (18 May) to help children document their lockdown experiences and give them a unique chance to be part of the story.

The story, titled Parmo to the Rescue after the sausage dog protagonist, will be hosted on the Middlesbrough Reads Facebook page. Every day next week at 10am, a new chapter will be released in a video and will follow the Middlesbrough-based Jones family as they navigate life in lockdown.

At the end of each video, local children will be given an opportunity to suggest what happens next in the story – what mischief will Parmo the dog get up to? What are George’s neighbours like? Will the children manage to complete their school work? Wong will then incorporate children’s plot suggestions into the next daily chapter.

Children will also be invited to send illustrations once the story is complete and the final story is due to be written up into a free ebook for children to download.

Wong’s story presents many aspects of lockdown in a child-friendly way and frames the pandemic from a child’s perspective. There are characters who are shielding because of underlying health issues, key workers, explanations of social distancing, and the frustrations of missing contact with school friends.

To watch the story unfold, tune in to the Middlesbrough Reads Facebook page every day next week at 10am. Story suggestions for the following installments should be posted on the Facebook page, or on Twitter using #BoroReads, by 6pm each day to be considered for inclusion in the next chapter.

So to all of our budding authors, this is a REAL chance to share your creative -sparkle! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!