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Thursday 24th April 2014

17:00 - 18:00 at The Theatre

Introducing Ruby Redfort

Lauren Child, multi award-winning, best-selling author and creator of Charlie and Lola, launches the ChipLitFest talking about the sassy, fearless girl everyone wants to have as her best friend - Ruby Redfort. Described by The Independent as 'so good it’s exhilarating', Lauren Child first introduced the character of Ruby Redfort in her three award-winning CLARICE BEAN novels and was inundated with letters from fans asking for the Ruby Redfort series. Well, here it is!

Sponsored by:
Cotswold Wildlife Park

Author Information: Lauren Child MBE
Ticket price: £5.00 each


Thursday 24th April 2014

18:30 - 19:30 at The Chequers

Reading and the Reader

'Literary' fiction has always been contentious; dismissed by many as inaccessible and pretentious. But literature answers deep human needs: it offers travel across ages, countries and minds and brings alternatives to the conventional view of the world. Phil Davis discusses his book Reading and the Reader: a defence of the serious literature; indeed, a defence of reading itself. Learn how to narrow the gap between the way readers and writers think, and bring literary thinking into everyday life. The perfect event for book groups, readers and thinkers.

Sponsored by:
Sibford School

Author Information: Philip Davis
Ticket price: £5.00 each


Friday 25th April 2014

18:00 - 19:00 at The Chequers

Poetry: An Evening with a New Generation

Come and see Vanessa Kisuule, one of the country's leading performance poets, and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, a leading page poet, blur the lines between page poetry and performance poetry in this vibrant event hosted by Dan Holloway. Part of a new generation of poets, Vanessa and Kiran address questions of tradition and modernity in fascinating ways. Vanessa looks at questions of cultural and generational barriers, whilst Kiren's reworks of classical mythology are startlingly contemporary. An event not to be missed for all poetry lovers.

Sponsored by:
The T

Author Information: Dan Holloway, Vanessa Kisuule, Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Ticket price: £5.00 each


Friday 25th April 2014

19:45 - 20:45 at The Theatre

Liff of QI

Last summer, aged 61, the producer of some of the best-loved television comedies of the last 30 years – Not The Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, Spitting Image and QI – stepped out from the shadows to debut his own solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe in a new genre he calls ‘assisted stand-up’. John Lloyd began as a writer/performer in Footlights but was rapidly sidetracked into radio where he started The News Quiz and To The Manor Born and co-wrote the first series of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy with Douglas Adams. He had not appeared on a Fringe stage since he, Douglas and David Renwick (writer of One Foot in the Grave and Jonathan Creek) brought their sell-out revue The Unpleasantness At Brodie’s Close to Edinburgh in 1976. Co-author with Douglas Adams of The Meaning of Liff, and presenter of Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity, John has also directed dozens of TV commercials – starring Rowan Atkinson, Leslie Nielsen, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Harry Enfield, Alan Davies and John Cleese – and, due to a strange anomaly, has won more BAFTA Awards than anyone in the world except Dame Judi Dench. In this belated attempt to become a legend in his own teatime, expect insight, interestingness, outrageous insider gossip and many, many laughs. Don’t miss your chance to catch one of British media’s most illustrious yet deeply modest men before he becomes an immensely rich and famous pain in the arse… TICKETS ON SALE FROM MONDAY 3 MARCH

Author Information: John Lloyd
Ticket price: £12.00 each


Saturday 26th April 2014

09:30 - 16:30 at Chipping Norton

Fringe event: Reading in fiction travels outside

As you wander around Chippy enjoying the wealth of speakers and events, on Saturday, between 9.30 and 4.30, take a moment to stop, listen and chat about reading as it features in writing at the stand of the colourfully dressed Paula Coston, ex-Chippy resident. You won't be able to miss her, anywhere and everywhere from the Market Square to outside the Mill Antiques Centre. Paula (real name Paula Iley) will be reading extracts from a variety of contemporary novels where readers are to the fore. She really hopes to discuss her choices, and your own recommendations, with you. One tale will be her own, On the Far Side, There's a Boy, published April/May, whose themes have caught the attention of the Daily Mail, the Sri Lankan press and Cotswold Life. It has been acclaimed by the Whitbread award-winning Jamila Gavin, writer of Coram Boy, as 'an absorbing tale... written in a wonderfully new, contemporary voice', and by Katie Fforde as 'an intriguing read'.

Author Information: Paula Coston
Ticket price: FREE


Saturday 26th April 2014

09:30 - 10:30 at St Mary's Parish Rooms

John Dougherty introduces Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face

Meet the funniest collection of characters ever known to mankind. John Dougherty introduces his stupendously hilarious book in a brand new series that will make you laugh your socks off... and quite possibly your ears! 8+ years

Sponsored by:
Cotswold Wildlife Park

Author Information: John Dougherty
Ticket price: £2.00 each


Saturday 26th April 2014

10:00 - 11:00 at The Theatre

This Boy

Hear the incredible story of our former Home Secretary’s childhood. Alan Johnson’s memoir, This Boy, charts his rise from the slums of post-war Britain to the House of Commons and is a deeply moving account of the loss of his parents.

Sponsored by:
Cotswold Family Law

Author Information: Alan Johnson
Ticket price: £12.00 each


Saturday 26th April 2014

10:00 - 10:20 at The Town Hall

A Very Short Introduction to Contemporary Fiction

Contemporary fiction is a wide and diverse field, now global in dimension, with an enormous range of novels and writers that continues to grow at a fantastic speed. In this Very Short Introduction, Robert Eaglestone provides a clear and engaging exploration of the major themes, patterns, and debates of contemporary fiction and examines how works both reflect the world in which we live and the artistic concerns of writers and readers alike.

Sponsored by:
Oxford University Press

Author Information: Robert Eaglestone
Ticket price: FREE


Saturday 26th April 2014

10:00 - 11:00 at The Methodist Church Hall

Wake - The Unknown Soldier

Wake is the brilliant debut novel from Anna Hope. Unfolding over the course of five days, the book charts the story of three women dealing with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives. A deeply moving, heartrending and powerful first novel, this book is set to dominate publications for the centenary year of the First World War.

Sponsored by:
Corbetts Electrical

Author Information: Anna Hope
Ticket price: £8.00 each


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