For Families

NCW is a literature house for all ages. We recognise that a love of words and story-making makes writers of the future and can begin with the very youngest among us, and that free access to books and stories outside of a school setting are essential.

Our family programme responds to this with an enthusiasm to create playful, creative sessions for families to enjoy together. Intergenerational communication and cooperation, wordplay and story-making form the heart of this work.

Dragon Hall is currently undergoing a phase of development work to make it more open and more accessible to visitors of all kinds, including wheelchair and pushchair users. These spaces will open to the public in late 2023 with a programme of new activities for children, young people, and families. 

Work with us

If you are a writer or creative practitioner who would like to work with National Centre for Writing on activities for families, please submit your details here → 

Upcoming family events

Write About Home with John Osborne (9-11 years)

Create your own poem and explore what is special about where you live, with John Osborne.


Thursday 1 August

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Neverending Stories

Neverending Stories encourages storytelling between parents, carers and their children in a supported environment, to nurture a shared love of stories and play, imagination and words.

Story time doesn’t have to be sitting down and reading a whole book. It doesn’t have to be a certain amount of time. It is about sharing a story with your child, whatever that may be.

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TOASTies Poetry Show

Working with Lewis Buxton and Daisy Henwood from TOAST Poetry we have presented several hour-long family poetry shows with some of the best children’s poets in the UK. 

Aimed at families with children aged five and over Lewis and Daisy devise and deliver a fun, interactive poetry experience where rules are broken, and new ideas are brought into being! Each show features a known UK performer, and lots of opportunity for audience interaction and play.

The events foster a shared love of poetry and spoken word, in a fun and playful way for all members of the family.

Check out our What’s On for upcoming family events.

Help us empower children and young people


We are seeking friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to enable us to open Dragon to more visitors, and provide engaging events and activities for our communities.

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