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NCBF was established in 1983 as the result of a collaboration between all of the library authorities in the North East and became a registered charity in 1992.  We are arguably the longest running cultural festival in the North East, the only children’s literature festival in the region and the only one in the UK which covers an entire region.

We have a strong track record of programming quality artistic activity across all 12 local authorities in the region providing opportunities for children to meet inspiring authors, take part in creative activities and engage with children’s literature in their communities.