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Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Chipping Norton set to draw one-thousand people for three-day literary event.
20th – 22nd April 2012
Fifty events throughout Chipping Norton
Come April, Chipping Norton will be in the news again as organizers launch the town’s first literary festival. The event will take place at venues convenient to the centre of Chipping Norton and will include speakers such as Mark Billingham, Joanna Trollope, Colin Dexter, Katie Fforde, and Sir Andrew Motion. In total about fifty literary luminaries will be participating and already more than 500 tickets have been sold. Of course many will be wondering who’s in the audience as the town is local to David and Samantha Cameron, Kate Moss, Jeremy Clarkson, Amanda Holden, Rebekah Brooks, Prue Leith, and Alex James.
But in addition to being known for its array of celebrity residents and now putting itself on the map with the ChipLitFest, as it is known, Chipping Norton itself is a fine example of Georgian market town architecture and a splendid setting for taking in talks as well as the town.
There will be ‘How To…’ workshops for aspiring writers, a poetry slam and walking tours as well as panel discussion on contemporary women’s fiction, getting published, Cotswold gardening, and travel writing.
Events will be held at The Theatre, Jaffé & Neale Bookshop and Café, and the historic Town Hall. Chipping Norton is easily accessible via car or trains to Kingham, Charlbury, and Oxford.
The idea originated via WOW, the West Oxfordshire Writers group. Local to Chipping Norton, they meet twice a month to discuss creative writing, how to get published, and how to go about writing within various genres. Thus the Festival has a host of events which will be of interest to aspiring writers.
Topics and Events include:
Emily Barr, Elizabeth Buchan, Julie Cohen, Josceline Dimbleby, Katie Fforde, Loiuse Harwood, Veronica Henry, Angela Huth, Prue Leith, Jill Mansel, Sir Andrew Motion, Joanna Trollope, Fiona Walker.
Mark Billingham, Helen Black, S.J. Bolton, Colin Dexter, Sophie Hannah, Dan Waddell
History and Biography
Carole Angier, Sally Cline, Mick Conefrey, Robert Hardman, Mark Johnson, Penny Junor, Ian Mathie, Fiona Mountain, John Julius Norwich.
Cotswold Gardening – panel discussion with Roddy Llewellyn, Robin Lane Fox, Andrew Lawson
Guy Browning, Jasper Fforde, Graeme Garden, John O’Farrell, Sandra Smith.
How to break into freelance writing
Writing historical fiction
Author, agent & publishers
Bringing your characters to life
A rough guide to travel writing
Writing short stories
Crime Writing Workshop
How to Get Published – panel discussion
Book Groups and the Novel chaired by Sue MacGregor
Please visit wwwchiplitfest.com
: 17/04/2012 20:18:03
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