Beyond Words 2017

Beyond Words

Beyond Words reaches out from The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to young people with severe mental or physical illness. This is the third year of the programme.

Take a look at the success of last year, during which the project team received a Certificate of Excellence from the Pearson Teaching Awards.

It has taken Lucy to a place where she feels at home and comfortable and reminded her who she was before she became ill. She has rediscovered her creativity. She has loved this.

Caroline, parent

In any given year, over 600 children In Gloucestershire are unable to access mainstream schooling due to conditions like cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy, and orthopaedic, neurological and respiratory disorders. The majority of these young people are aged between 14 and 16.

Working with the Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service (GHES), Cheltenham Festivals is giving every KS4 student the opportunity to work over time with a writer-in-residence, either in person or via a digital learning platform.

The benefits of this project have been immense, and in some cases life-changing.

Annalise Price-Thomas, Head of Service, GHES

Cheltenham Festivals has enlisted successful author Jane Bailey as the writer for the project in 2017/18.

The workshops are taking place in inspirational venues including Sudeley Castle and Museum in the Park.

The young people’s writing is being professionally published in an anthology which will be launched at Waterstones in Cheltenham and showcased at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018.

To find out more about the project contact

This three-year project is kindly supported by St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation