Charlie Hopkinson

Rachel Seiffert

Novelist and short story writer, Rachel Seiffert joins ChipLitFest as judge of our short story competition for 2018. Rachel's latest novel, A Boy in Winter, tells the story of a Ukranian town overrun by the SS in 1941. 

‘A writer of great delicacy and toughness’ – Ali Smith

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Jasmine Richards

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Jasmine is running the inspirational workshops that will lead to a published collection of short stories - School Shorts - by a group of local primary school pupils. 

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Abi Elphinstone

Abi's books are incredible adventures from around the world and beyond. Sky Song is every bit as thrilling as her previous stories, an epic adventure with a sprinkling of magic. 

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Idil Sukan

Adam Kay

One of our NHS at 70 events, Adam's diaries from his junior doctor days are riveting, hilarious and heart-breaking. 

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Adam Nicolson

Adam has written about nature, history, landscape and literature. His most recent book is a beautifully-written song of triumph to 10 species of seabirds facing threat.

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Paul Winter

Adam Stower

Author and illustrator Adam Stower has worked in Chipping Norton schools on a number of occasions and now he joins the Festival with his wild and wonderful adventure story, King Coo

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Alexander James

AJ Pearce

AJ will be in conversation with her agent Jo Unwin and her publicist Camilla Elworthy to trace the road to publication of an eagerly-anticipated debut.

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Alan Taylor

For the centenary of Muriel Spark's birth, novelist and editor Alan Taylor joins us with his captivating memoir of a friendship.

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Alison Gomm

Editor and book-obsessive, Alison is a ChipLitFest committee member as well as a Festival interviewer. Her broad interests see her take on fiction, history and health. 

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Andrew Male

Arts journalist Andrew Male joins us to share his enthusiasm for novelist Barbara Pym who spent the last 10 years of her life in a village outside Chipping Norton. 

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Andy Riley

Andy Riley is the hugely popular author and artist of a series of best-selling cartoon books. We are delighted to welcome King Flashypants to ChipLitFest!

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Ayisha Malik

Ayisha first came to ChipLitFest to discuss her debut novel, Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged. She now returns to lead a writers' workshop about ghost writing, something she does for Nadiya Hussain. 

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Bali Rai

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Bali is running creative writing courses for young people who are in non-mainstream education. Bali was also one of the authors at YIMBY Festival on 30 Sept 2017. 

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Brian J. Rogers

Oxford Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology, Brian J. Rogers presents a Very Short Introduction to Perception and discusses the philosophical question of what it means to perceive.

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Camilla Elworthy

Camilla is a publicist at Pan Macmillan. She is joining us for The Story of a Book, to reveal how a publisher works when taking a book, Dear Mrs Bird, from manuscript to book shop. 

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Kate Raworth

Caspar Henderson

In a brilliant event for all the family, Caspar will be taking us through the awe-inspiring, often unbelievable, wonders or the world.

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Catherine Johnson

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Cat is bringing her compelling historical YA fiction to secondary pupils. 

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Clive Goddard

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Clive is a cartoonist, a writer and, by his own admission, a disastrous explorer!

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Dan Lee

Journalist and journalism lecturer Dan Lee joins ChipLitFest to deliver a Writers' Workshop all about life in print media. 

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Lawrence Lawry

Diane Atkinson

In a celebration of 100 years of women's suffrage, Diane will discuss Rise Up!, her compelling biography that tells the stories of some of the extraordinary women involved.

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Cade Moulla

Guy Gunaratne

Guy is a man of many talents: writer, video artist and now hugely exciting novelist joining the New Voices 2018 panel with his eagerly-anticipated debut.

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Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees is the illustrator of Giraffes Can't Dance, Be Brave Little Penguin and Dylan the stripy dog. He'll be describing all of Dylan's jobs and adventures. 

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Hannah Beckerman

Hannah has previously been at ChipLitFest as a novelist, now she joins us as an interviewer talking to writers about their second novels and chairing our Barbara Pym event. 

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Isabella Tree

Isabella is an award-winning author and travel writer. Her workshop will offer an insight into her latest book, Wilding, as well as advice for nature and travel writing.

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Bill Harris

Jane Wenham-Jones

Jane is a novelist, public speaker, columnist and regular interviewer at ChipLitFest. We are delighted to welcome her back, the Festival wouldn't be the same without her. 

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Jeremy Vine

After over a decade on Radio 2, Jeremy's debut appearance at ChipLitFest is sure to be an anecdote-filled trip down memory lane via the wit and wisdom of his listeners.

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Jonathan Ring

Jo Unwin

Jo is a literary agent with a background in acting and scriptwriting. As well as representing several ChipLitFest 2018 authors, Jo will be reviewing submissions on the Trade Secrets 2018 course and introducing debut author, AJ Pearce

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Lauren Psyk

Joe Haddow

Joe is now a regular ChipLitFest interviewer. When he's not in Chipping Norton, Joe is the producer of the Radio 2 Book Club. 

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Becky Buckle

John Dougherty

Festival favourite and founder patron John Dougherty is back! And so is his guitar. Help John to write the ultimate ChipLitFest song, expect silly lyrics and plenty of noise!

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Joseph Coelho

Award-winning children's poet, Joseph will give you the confidence to write your own poetry and have great fun whilst doing it. 

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Hajra Siraj

Joseph Jebelli

Joseph is a neuroscientist and Alzheimer's expert. In Pursuit of Memory follows his personal journey to find a cure.

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Jay Brooks

Joseph Knox

As his crime debut continues as an international bestseller, ex-bookseller Joseph join us with his eagerly-awaited second novel.

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Lean Timms

Kate Young

Cookery writer Kate is an expert on the unforgettable literary meals.She joins ChipLitFest for Eat My Words, an exploration of recipes from our favourite books.

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Kathy Slack

Cotswold chef and food writer, Kathy Slack, runs the blog Gluts & Gluttony. She will set you up for the day with her delicious brunch cookery demonstration. 

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Justine Stoddart

Kit de Waal

Kit is an award-winning writer returning to ChipLitFest for Second Time Around, a conversation about the difficult second book after a bestselling debut. Kit is also one of the course leaders on the invaluable Trade Secrets 2018 workshop. 

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Korky Paul

ChipLitFest patron and multi-million selling Winnie and Wilbur illustrator, Korky Paul loves to draw and inspire children to do the same. 

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Kristina Stephenson

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Kristina is the author and illustrator of the adventure stories of young knight, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. 

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Laura Barnett

In Words about Music, author and journalist Laura will discuss the standout books whose music exists beyond the page.

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Alex Winn

Laura Freeman

Laura's The Reading Cure is a perfect example of the power of books. Join Laura alongside Lucy Mangan, with added tea and cake, for a truly magical afternoon.

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Stylist

Lucy Mangan

In a perfect Afternoon Tea event, journalist and Stylist columnist Lucy will be in conversation with Laura Freeman exploring the stories that made us fall in love with books.

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Jonathan Ring

Mahsuda Snaith

As part of our New Voices 2018 panel, Mahsuda's debut, The Things WeThought We Knew, is a perfect exploration of pain and memory, beautifully written.

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Mark Billingham

Mark is a Festival patron and well-established Festival favourite. He returns to ChipLitFest 2018 to interview Richard Osman and host another devilishly difficult ChipLit Quiz.

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Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann is joining ChipLitFest as an interviewer for the second time. She's an anthropologist, archaeologist and adventurer. She has recently presented a history of traditional boats for BBC2's Britain Afloat. 

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Daniel Atkinson

Matthew Haley

Matthew Haley, head of Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams, will introduce you to his passion for the world of rare books and inspire you to join him. 

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Karen Robinson

Megan Beech

Megan was still an undergraduate when she first brought her poetry, When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard, to ChipLitFest. Now she returns via a Cambridge PhD, the BBC and The New Yorker, with her latest spoken word performance, You Sad Feminist

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Molly Flatt

Molly is an author, journalist and consultant who explores innovation in publishing. Her industry expertise will be invaluable for Trade Secrets 2018, the writers' workshop.

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Nadia Shireen

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton as well as the bookshop window illustrator, Nadia's wonderful The Bumblebear has been this year's BookTrust giveaway to 700,000 reception children. 

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Paul Henry

Paul is an acclaimed poet joining us with The Glass Aisle, an astonishing collaboration of music and poetry.

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Pen Vogler

Pen is a food historian and she is at ChipLitFest as part of the Eat My Words event. Pen will share her expertise in Victorian dining and, in particular, the meals and recipes that Dickens and his characters ate and drank. 

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Pete Paphides

Music journalist, Pete Paphides, brings a lifelong music fan's devotion to the discussion about how novels can persuade readers to hear music via silent prose. 

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Peter Bunzl

Animator, film maker and novelist, Peter's wonderful stories Cogheart and Moonlocket have won countless middle grade fans with their tales of exhilarating adventures. 

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John Cairns

Prof Simon Horobin

In a fascinating Very Short Introduction, University of Oxford Professor Simon Horobin investigates how we have arrived at the English we know today.

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Prof Stephen Westaby

One of our NHS at 70 events, Stephen Westaby's astonishing career as a heart surgeon is a truly remarkable story of life and death on the operating table. 

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Justin Sutcliffe

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce's latest novel is The Music Shop, the story of Frank, the record shop owner whose love of music and vinyl in particular means that he always knows the perfect song for his customers. But is he listening when the perfect customer enters the shop?

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Richard Osman

The much-loved and ridiculously knowledgeable TV personality, Richard Osman, joins us to discuss, amongst other things, his favourite books. 

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Alan Davidson

Robert Peston

Robert is a journalist and presenter. 'Richly argued and beautifully written', his personal account of the recent political past, WTF, is essential reading.

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Max von Seibold

Robin Stevens

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Robin has previously been part of the Festival lineup to discuss how to write the best crime mysteries. And eat cream buns. 

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Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi

Sarah Franklin

Founder of Oxford literary night Short Stories Aloud, Sarah will join the New Voices 2018 panel with her own incredible debut Shelter.

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Sarah Harper

Oxford Professor and author Sarah leads a Very Short Introduction to Demography, looking at the way the global population has evolved over time and space.

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Sarah Shaffi

Freelance books journalist, Sarah joins us as an interviewer for the first time. As a journalist at The Bookseller, Sarah covered the introduction of ChipLitFest's innovative author profit share scheme. 

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SF Said

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Festival patron SF Said is the author of the modern classic, Varjak Paw

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Sheena Dempsey and Swapna Haddow

Author and illustrator team, Swapna and Sheena, together have created the hilarious Dave Pigeon - proper laugh out loud stories for kids age six upwards. 

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Terry Waite CBE

Hostage negotiator, Terry Waite, was himself taken hostage in Beirut from 1987-1991. Largely left in isolation, he had to call on all his resources to survive unimaginable periods of solitude.

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Tom Cox

Tom Cox's latest book, 21st-Century Yokel, was crowd funded in just seven hours for publishers Unbound. His bestselling writing ranges from nature to family memoir via the much loved Bear, aka Tom's Sad Cat. 

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Vashti Hardy

Part of our extraordinary team of authors working in schools in and around Chipping Norton, Vashti introduces her debut novel, Brightstorm, all about adventures in a sky ship and a quest to save a family's reputation. 

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Yorkshire Rows Crew

A team of formidable mums who set out on an incredible adventure, the Yorkshire Rows tell the story of their record-breaking journey rowing the North Sea.

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Zak Simmonds-Hurn

Zak brings his comic-making skills to ChipLitFest. He'll help you to develop your own comic characters and inspire you to keep drawing and writing. Zak was also one of the authors at YIMBY Festival on 30 Sept 2017. 

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Ginny Davis

Ginny became a full-time writer and performer having worked as a translator and a barrister. Her one-woman comedies had huge success at the Edinburgh Fringe and her recent courtroom drama has gained awards and sell-out audiences. Ginny is joining us for Trade Secrets on Nov 27 2017 for the day-long workshop, Writing for Radio, Stage and Screen

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Maggie Innes

Maggie made the move from magazine journalism to scriptwriting, her first script winning the Goldsmiths Short Screenplay Competition. Amongst her many writing projects she currently writes for BBC1's Doctors. Maggie is joining us for Trade Secrets on Nov 27 2017 for the day-long workshop, Writing for Radio, Stage and Screen

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Mark Norfolk

Currently an associate lecturer in screenwriting at Birkbeck University, Mark writes for stage and screen. His work includes Shakespeare adaptations and contemporary dramas. Mark is joining us for Trade Secrets on Nov 27 2017 for the day-long workshop, Writing for Radio, Stage and Screen

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John Cairns

Lucy Walters

Lucy is a storyteller, writer and actor. She is part of our fabulous Scribble! team bringing wonderful words and pictures to children and young people at YIMBY Festival on 30 Sept 2017. Lucy will be telling the story of chocolate, delicious!

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Mini Grey

Author and illustrator for children aged two and over, Mini is part of our fabulous Scribble! team bringing wonderful words and pictures to children and young people at YIMBY Festival on 30 Sept 2017. Mini will be showing us how to make magic mini books, abracadabra!

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