As part of the Festival's remit to create life-long readers, we run a series of specialist creative writing workshops every year. Our programme involves a number of interactive writing sessions with groups of vulnerable young people, those living in full-time residential care, those with emotional and mental health needs, and those who have been school-excluded. ChipLitFest favourite Bali Rai will return to engage the students and get them thinking about how to express themselves in ways that gets fantastic results. Samples of students' writing from spring 2018 are here.

For the academic year 2018/19, we are very generously supported by the Midcounties Cooperative and Oxfordshire Community Fund. Publishers Barrington Stoke are kindly contributing books for the project. Bali has selected his book The Gun as the key text that will inspire the students to make their own contributions. Every participating student will be given their own copy of the book.