Applications for Storytale Festival 2023

Our fifth festival will be taking place over the first weekend of October half term, from Friday 27th to Monday 30th of October 2023.

The deadline to submit your application is Monday 20th February 2023 and we’ll contact applicants by the end of March 2023. 

We are looking for a range of interactive events, workshops and activities that appeal to a variety of ages and interests, that will showcase local talent and inspire young people, in keeping with our Storytale Festival vision. Previous events that have been particularly successful have been creative and inspiring, where young people have been fully engaged through interactive sessions with authors, illustrators and storytellers. Examples include:

  • An interactive and fascinating discovery of wild and wonderful creatures with BBC producer Justin Anderson in the Secrets of Snow Leopards.
  • Inspiring creative writing workshops for older children on climate change, time travel, adventure stories and fantastic ideas and where to find them.
  • Creating characters with illustrators Paula Bowles, Nicola Colton and Lucy Freegard.
  • Atmospheric and engaging storytelling with The Wild of the Words, Jenny the Story Lady, Uh Oh Books and Winter Sleep authors Alex Morss and Sean Taylor.

We’re planning for events to take place in local and accessible public venues such as libraries, community centres and bookshops. All of our events will be either free or affordable at £5 or under. We’ll be using Eventbrite and any ticket revenue will go back into the festival to either cover this year’s costs or put towards the next one. 

Please complete the form as fully as possible, and inspire us! Thank you!

The Storytale Festival Team x

Please only apply if you’re willing to donate your time, skills and talent. We’re working hard to make the festival financially viable and are constantly applying for funding. A fee for your time may be possible but it is not guaranteed. 

The Storytale Festival Team 

Before you get started

Here’s a checklist of things you will need to have in place for your application:

ABOUT YOU – Name, phone, web, social, location and how you’re involved in storytelling.

YOUR EVENT PROPOSAL – Proposed event name, event type, age category, event description, potential venue and details. 

EVENT DATES & AVAILABILITY – Your availabilty regarding the date and time (morning/afternoon/evening) for your proposed event.



EVENT IMAGES  – Do not add any Storytale Festival branding to your image. Any image that has this will be rejected. All branding will be added by our Creative team. See example.

There are several image ‘types’ which you can submit for your event, you can either submit a profile photo plus your book cover or an appropriate image which illustrates what your event is about. The images will sit alongside your event title and your name, see example.

Please ensure the image is titled appropriately to your name and your proposed event name.



BOOK COVER IMAGESMUST be high resolution flat-lay (300 dpi) JPG, file name MUST match the book title.

ILLUSTRATIONSMUST be high resolution (300 dpi) JPG, PNG or if possible, or the original file type such as .ai, .eps or .psd. Photographs of illustrations will need to be flat-lay, scans can also be proved.

PROFILE IMAGESMUST be high resolution (300 dpi) JPG, file name must be your name.

LOGOS –  MUST be high resolution (300 dpi) JPG, PNG or if possible, or the original file type such as .ai, .eps or .psd 


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