A creative writing group at Chichester College has published its first book.
‘The Last Word’ is an anthology which brings together six short stories written by students at the college.
Steven Galloway, a lecturer in additional support at the college and a published author in his own right, has spearheaded the project, working with students to help them develop their ideas and bring the book to fruition.
“I have been really impressed by the standards that these students have reached. They have shown great creativity and imagination, as well as commitment and determination to turn their ideas into stories.
“Most of the students in the group have various additional needs, and it has provided an outlet for them as well as an opportunity for them to develop social and communication skills.
“And now they are published writers. I hope they are as proud of their achievements as I am.”
Eighteen-year-old animation student Harry Crampton’s story ‘The Willow Tree’ is among the six featured in the book.
“I really enjoy writing and this is a nice calm place for us to be creative. When I heard our stories were being published, it was great to hear. I was surprised to see my story in print – I just thought ‘wow’, I can’t believe it!”
The book is currently available in the college’s library and is on sale in the campus’ ‘Blissful Bookshop’. It is hoped it will soon be available to buy and download online.