Varjak Paw

Sixth former Pheebs revisits one of the great classics of children's modern literature, SF Said's Varjak Paw.

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Taken from real life

Does everyone have a novel in them – or is it just journalists? Laura Parker does some background research.

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James Betts

Modern Classics

Sixth former Pheebs reviews The Children of Jocasta in anticipation of Natalie Haynes Festival appearance to discuss her forthcoming novel, A Thousand Ships.

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Phoebe Haywood, ChipLitFest's junior reporter, turns her attention to a debut novel whose author will be appearing in the main Festival. Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson will be featured as part of our New Voices panel.

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Death in the Spotlight

Junior reporter Phoebe Haywood reviews Death in the Spotlight, the eighth book in Robin Steven's Murder Most Unladylike series. Robin, a Festival Patron, will be working with two primary schools in January to inspire the pupils to do their own writing as well as presenting a public event in April all about Death in the Spotlight.

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Shiny Pippin

Harry Heape is part of the extraordinary team of authors visiting local schools in March. His wonderful books about Shiny Pippin, her granny and their friends are reviewed by our junior reporter, Pheebs.

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Bone Talk

Candy Gourlay is one of our extraordinary team of authors who will be working in schools in and around Chipping Norton. Junior reporter Phoebe Haywood reviews Bone Talk, Candy's latest book for young adults.

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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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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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