Chipping Norton Literary Festival

Contact Us
info@cotswoldswebsite.com

Website design and hosting by Commatic


Cotswold Blog

The Cotswold Blog is a collection of diary entries, news, gossip and other Cotswold related information.

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:

Fiction
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.

Crime/Mystery
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.

Gardening
Cotswold Gardening – panel discussion with Roddy Llewellyn, Robin Lane Fox, Andrew Lawson

Humour
Guy Browning, Jasper Fforde, Graeme Garden, John O’Farrell, Sandra Smith.

Writing
How to break into freelance writing
Life writing
Writing historical fiction
Author, agent & publishers
Bringing your characters to life
A rough guide to travel writing
Writing humour
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

Posted : 17/04/2012 20:18:03

Other recent Cotswolds news items

Woodstock's outdoor heated pool reopens for summer on Saturday 22

Woodstock's outdoor heated swimming pool reopens for summer on Saturday 22 April. With a 25 metre main pool and a depth of 3.5 metres, it is ideal for diving enthusiasts and there is a separate pa... [more]

Youth club to build new home after major grant funding

Members of a youth club are celebrating after councillors agreed a £50,000 grant to help build their new purpose-built home. The Woodstock Youth Centre will now press ahead with its plans to const... [more]

Eastern promise for Cotswolds tourism

Tourism is set for a boost from afar after a glowing report from a Middle East delegation. A seven-strong party made up of TV representatives and social media influencers from Saudi Arabia and Duba... [more]

To view the full Cotswold Blog, click here

Adverts