Chipping Norton Literary Festival is returning from 21 – 24 April 2016. We are hosting a range of events for readers, writers, children and young people, illustrators, Shakespeare fans and school pupils. We will be working alongside our partner bookshop, Jaffé & Neale, the Chipping Norton Theatre, our sponsors, funders and Festival Friends to create four days of wonderful literary events throughout Chipping Norton. Tickets are now on sale via the Theatre or call the box office on 01608 642350
WITH GREAT REGRET WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE THAT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THE EVENT WITH JOAN COLLINS ON SAT 23 APRIL HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. PLEASE CONTACT THE THEATRE BOX OFFICE TO ARRANGE REFUNDS. 01608 642350
A particularly exciting new element of ChipLitFest 2016 is that we have appointed two of the UK’s most exciting children’s authors, Jo Cotterill and John Dougherty, to curate our programme of schools and young people’s events. And to further emphasis our commitment to the value of young people’s participation in all things literary, we have also engaged the services of our very own junior reporter, Pheebs. Pheebs’ first commission has been to interview Jo and John about their exciting new role as Festival programmers. You can read her interview here.
Win £500 for your short story of any genre up to 3,000 words submitted by 12 Midnight GMT, Tuesday 15th March 2016. We promote and encourage quality writing from amateurs and professionals alike, so the competition is open to everyone over the age of 16 by the closing date, not only in the UK, but overseas as well.
Judge: Tessa Hadley
Sponsored by pennyshorts, the top 10 stories will have the opportunity to feature on www.pennyshorts.com, a website which makes short stories of all genres available for sale.
Entry fee: £5 per submission
Second Prize: £100
Third Prize: £50
The Shepherd’s Life connected readers to age-old traditions and modern rural reality – and became a 2015 best-seller. Lyrical, cynical and profound, James Rebanks has given a new voice to the invisible guardians of our native landscape.
Special event: WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH TOWN HALL 19.45 – 20.45 £8 Buy tickets
Our junior reporter, Pheebs, has reviewed Electrigirl by Jo Cotterill, our children's co-programmer
Junior reporter Pheebs posed 10 questions to writer Jo Cotterill and illustrator Cathy Brett
Directors: Martin Neild, Clare Mackintosh, Lizzie Pickering, Helen Dance, Penny Chapman, Jo Howard, Liz Sich
Registered Charity: 1152866