Chipping Norton News
More Dynamic and Diverse Than Ever, the Chipping Norton Literary Festival Box Office is NOW OPEN!
4 March 2014
Now in its third year, this highly praised market-town festival is once again turning the Cotswolds into a literary extravaganza! With ever more outstanding authors and informative literary events the ChipLitFest, as it is affectionately known, has swiftly found its place as a leading-the-pack regional festival. Previous years have seen local visitors as well as many from London and around the country coming to this atmospheric town. Stimulating, fun, and affordable, the Chipping Norton Literary Festival punches well above its weight whilst maintaining an up-close intimacy no longer found in many festivals today.
Here is the latest selection of literary talks and events and further updates can be found on the website www.chiplitfest.com
Biography & Memoirs
Alan Johnson, talks about This Boy, his memoirs of a transitioning England and growing up in the slums of West London.
Phil Davis discusses his latest book, Reading and the Reader
Tim Dowling, on his latest book The Wareing Haters Club, inspired by the results of incessant self-googling.
Tim Harford, discusses The Undercover Economist Strikes Back and his new column at the FT, Since You Asked, which offers a skeptical look at news of the week.
Melissa Mohr on A Brief History of Swearing
Events include Does Opinion Matter? with Tim Dowling, India Knight, Lucy Mangan, and Jane Wenham-Jones
Events include Crime Writing – Fact or Fiction? with David Barclay, Tania Carver, and Nick Gargan, Chief Constable Avon & Somerset
Events include Is Feminism Still Relevant? with Laura Bates (Everyday Sexism) and Laurie Penny
Fanny Blake, Harriet Evans, Veronica Henry, and Sophie King debate Darcy (Pride and Prejudice), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) and Rochester (Jane Eyre)
Paula Daly discusses her chilling page-turner, Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
Anna Hope talks about her first novel, Wake – The Forgotten Soldier
Rachel Joyce on The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
India Knight speaks to Gill Hornby about her latest novel, Mutton, a hilarious, heart-felt exploration of women’s relationships with their looks.
Nicci French discuss their third and most recent title, Waiting for Wednesday, as well as the methodology behind their successful collaboration.
Kate Mosse discusses Haunting Tales, a compilation of ghost stories
Joanna Trollope, speaks about her upcoming book, Balancing Act, which tells the story of a successful female-run family business in Stoke-on-Trent. She will be joined by Emma Bridgewater, (founder of the highly collectible eponymous ceramics firm), to address what it takes in today’s world to be a successful business woman.
Penny Vincenzi on her 15th novel, A Kind of Promise
Events include Jo Baker and Book Club With The Author
Claudia Roden in conversation with Henrietta Green to discuss A Life in Cooking
Also part of the food programme, the food festival BITE, will run a lively Farmer’s Market!
John Shortland on Why Can’t My Garden Look Like That?
Kate Adie presents her latest book, Fighting on the Home Front, which reveals the ways in which women’s lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women today.
Elizabeth Buchan, Clare Mulley, Jane Thynne, and Jason Webster talk about Spies of World War Two.
Jonathan Mayo discusses his findings on the assassination of JFK
Jonathan Aitken talks about his latest publication, Margaret Thatcher: Power and the Personality, a study of Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.
Ben Hatch and Tim Moore talk about The French Revolution – Cycling the Tour de France.
The popular VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS with Oxford University Press
Fifteen minutes bullet-point talks on comedy, psychiatry, geopolitics, contemporary fiction, animal kingdom, food, Italian literature
Poetry readings, talks and discussions with Claire Dyer, Dan Holloway, Vanessa Kisuule, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Kate Rhodes, and Clare Trévian
Including writers and illustrators Lauren Child, Damian Dibden, John Dougherty, Sharon Gosling, Craig Green, Mary Hooper, Abie Longstaff, David O’Connell, Korky Paul, Tom Percival, Holly Smale, and talks on Beast Quest, Peter Rabbit, and more.
Flash Fiction for Adults is chaired by Emily Barr and Craig Green.
Want to be a writer? Pitch the agent with literary agent Carole Blake.
How to create suspense with Paula Daly and Rachel Rayner
So you want to write Mills & Boon with Jessica Gilmore and Flo Nichol
How to write short stories with Helen Hunt
Writing for radio with Rachel Joyce
Self Publishing with Rachel Lucas