Cheltenham Festivals

Beyond Words 2016/17

It’s been good – not just because of the writing but I’m getting out and seeing people similar to my age and whose lives are not going according to plan.

Jess, Beyond Words student

Students met together in inspirational spaces for extended creative writing workshops led by Miranda Walker, writer-in-residence for the year. The workshops were re-created virtually to enable access for students unable to attend the workshops in person.

University of Gloucestershire Illustration undergraduates responded to the students’ brief to create the artwork for the front cover.

Participating in Beyond Words, helped my son to grow in confidence, resilience and self-belief. It re-energised his sense of self-worth and empowered him as a writer. Ultimately, it enabled him to finally put pen to paper and begin to rekindle his love of literacy.


New this year, University of Gloucestershire photography undergraduates responded to the students’ writing. The photographs were published alongside the creative writing in the Anthology. The audio file ‘In My Room’ by Jack inspired this photograph by Gareth.

The Anthology was launched at Waterstones in Cheltenham. A copy of the Anthology is available at every library in Gloucestershire, and can be bought at Waterstones in Cheltenham.

At The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018, Beyond Words culminated with both an event and an exhibition.

On the side of this page, you can hear students Alex, Jess, Louise, Jack, Sam and Lucy reading their work and read the 2016/17 Annual Report & Impact Summary for further details.

I write a lot more now. I actually want to write rather than it being a chore.

Sam, Beyond Words student