Creative writing workshops for vulnerable students

During spring term 2018, acclaimed author Bali Rai worked with groups of vulnerable students - young people who are in permanent residential care, have emotional, social and mental health needs, and are excluded from mainstream education. As well as talking about his life as a writer (all participating students got given a copy of Bali's book, Kiss of Death) Bali encouraged them to find their own voices and tell their own stories. Some of the young people had never done any creative writing before, one or two had never finished a piece of work but they all felt inspired to try their hand at storytelling.

One teacher wrote: "Not only were Bali's sessions engaging and inspiring but the students got so much out of them on a personal level too. Some of our hardest to reach students responded to his visits positively and it was an amazing few weeks for our students.

Following the sessions, some students produced stories for Bali and he very kindly responded to these personally. This meant a lot to the students and they really appreciated the way he spoke to them and there was a two-way respect."

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Author payment and literary festivals

ChipLitFest's author profit share scheme

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SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2018

Read all three winning stories from this year's competition. Details about the 2019 competition to follow soon. 

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ChipLitFest 2018 - a review of events on Sat 28 April

Pheebs, our blogger and reviewer, gives her thoughts on five of the events she saw at ChipLitFest on Sat 28 April

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ChipLitFest 2018 - a review of events on Sun 29 April

Pheebs, our blogger and reviewer, gives her thoughts on three of the events she saw at ChipLitFest on Sun 29 April

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RISE UP WOMEN!

Diane Atkinson brings her definitive history of the Suffragettes to ChipLitFest

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EXCELLENT WOMEN

Pheebs reviews Barbara Pym's Excellent Women, the novel at the heart of our book group event at this year's ChipLitFest

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I AN DISTRACTED BY EVERYTHING

Liza Tarbuck is bringing her annual for grown-ups to ChipLitFest on 29 April. Junior reporter, Pheebs, reviews I An Distracted By Everything

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A NEW MAP OF WONDERS

Ahead of Caspar Henderson's family event on Sun 29 April, our sixth-former reporter, Pheebs, enjoys a very pleasant journey from Base Knowledge Metropolis to Enlightenment Ville...

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Want to meet some wild, adventurous and inspiring women?

This year at ChipLitFest we are celebrating women of endeavour. As women over the world rise up to lift awareness of the obstacles they face in their professional and personal lives, we’ll be joined by some amazing women who have faced and beaten immense challenges: physical, political and personal. 

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THE GLASS AISLE

Pheebs, our junior reporter, is a sixth form English student. She's just read Paul Henry's The Glass Aisle and written a review for us. 

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