About Small Talk

Small Talk is a pilot project from the National Literacy Trust, run with the Department for Education (DfE). We want to support parents to chat, play and read with their child at home as much as possible.

A child’s language development begins long before they start school and is shaped by the people and places in their lives. Parents are their children's first teachers and there are so many simple ways parents can help children learn and grow at home.

Small Talk is part of a wider National Literacy Trust initiative to improve the home learning environment for 0-5 year olds and will be running in seven areas across the country: Peterborough, Swindon, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham Stoke and Nottingham.

Small Talk events

We are delivering fun, interactive events in the places and spaces families visit as part of their daily routine, such as their local shopping centre or coffee shop, to model short, simple activities that promote positive adult-child communication. We have events coming up in:


21 August 2019: Library of Birmingham


15 August 2019: Harpurhey Shopping Centre

28 August 2019: Intu Trafford Shopping Centre


1 August 2019: Stonebridge City Farm

8 August 2019: Stonebridge City Farm

20 August 2019: Stonebridge City Farm

26 August 2019: Stonebridge City Farm

27 August 2019: Vernon Park

30 August 2019: Woodthorpe Park

30 August 2019: Forest Recreation Ground


We will be joining Stoke's own Little Library Van across the summer visiting the parks of Stoke.

6 August 2019: Hanley Park

20 August 2019: Fenton Park


23 August 2019

8 September 2019

We'll also be running more events in Peterborough and Newcastle- watch this space for dates and locations!