All about the committee...
Pheebs is returning for her second year on the ChipLitFest team. Pheebs, a teenager currently studying at a local secondary school, is a voracious reader and writer between preparing for her GCSEs. She is reporting from Festival 2017, giving a young voice to many of our events. In 2016, Pheebs reviewed children's books and authors; this year her focus is on young adult fiction. See the blog pages for her reviews of some of the books that will be discussed at the Festival and her interviews with authors you can meet at the Festival or who are involved with our exciting local schools events.
Jenny Aston: Festival Photographer
Jenny, along with Mike, will be photographing throughout the festival. You will see us rushing from event to event and grabbing pictures of the atmosphere along the way.
Jenny has photographed Chipping Norton Literary Festival for the last 3 years, and enjoyed every moment. Throughout the rest of the year she runs her busy photographic practice providing local businesses, charities and private clients with their visual resources.
Please contact us for images; email@example.com or call on 07908 816421
Alison Beasley: Festival PR
Alison oversees all of ChipLitFest's PR, helping us to forge relationships with local and national newspapers and magazines.
She runs Lincoln Beasley PR - a no-nonsense, straight-talking consultancy specialising in PR for game developers and tech companies. From start-ups and indies to large studios and corporations; across mobile, web, PC and console - we work closely with clients to create bespoke campaigns.
Alison is a pioneer in helping developers take control of their own media profile, something she’s still passionate about. She’s an ambassador for Special Effect, an incredible charity that makes games accessible for the disabled, and has served as an advisory board member of GameCity.
Angela Caiger: Treasurer
ChipLitFest's Treasurer and all round financial supremo.
Jenny Dee: Festival Director
ChipLitFest 2016 is Jenny’s first as Festival Director. She brings fresh ideas and new energy to the role, after 25 years of running a successful educational theatre company, Caught in the Act. As its founder and director, Jenny devised, wrote and directed dramas exploring health and wellbeing issues for children and young people in primary and secondary education.
A Cambridge English graduate and voracious reader of almost anything, Jenny is passionate about the power of literature to transform and enhance lives and is keen that the festival reaches beyond committed readers to harder-to-reach audiences. Every Thursday she reads aloud to a group in a local home for the elderly, where, despite a varied programme of poetry and prose, nothing has as yet received as positive a reaction as Lark Rise to Candleford.
She’s very keen on the natural world and soppy about her dog, Biddy. In her spare time she makes bread and hangs around with comedy writers. She is married to one, after all. Jenny and Simon Blackwell live in Kingham and have two sons, one a well-known film reviewer and one a famous psychologist. Of the future.
Sue Glasson: Volunteer Coordinator
Starting out as ChipLitFest's Secretary but now, alongside Mary Kinnear, the Volunteers' Coordinator. Particularly adapt at recruiting her friends and neighbours, Sue's contribution to the Festival is invaluable.
Alison Gomm: Author Care
Alison has more books than she can fit in her house but cannot bear to part with any. (Don't get her started on the costs of off-site storage.) It is the thought that she can reach for one of them at any moment and re-enter its particular world that makes them precious to her. She loves the company of writers, whom she finds endlessly varied and always fascinating, so ChipLitFest is the perfect weekend for her. By day, Alison is the only non-economist on the editorial team of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, an academic journal. Since its aim is to influence public policy and to be read by the interested lay person as well as other economists, it makes sense to have one non-specialist on the team.
Chris Hogan: Author Liaison
In his role as Author Liaison, Chris coordinates transport and accommodation for our authors. He also wears very brightly patterned shirts.
Mary Kinnear: Volunteer Coordinator
Mary made the move from being a weekend volunteer to, along with Sue Glasson, coordinating the volunteer programme. A lifetime of teaching experience means that there are few eventualities that can throw Mary off course.
Sue Klatt: Marketing
Back in 2013 Sue worked as a volunteer and then went on to coordinate the volunteers for two years. Now, after a year out, she is back helping with the marketing of the Festival.
Throughout Sue's career, communication has been the common theme – ranging from working in radio to marketing and internal communications. She says she is not a big reader, but has set up and runs a local book group!
Harriet O'Brien: Sponsorship Team
Harriet writes about travel for the Telegraph and a number of other publications and websites. When she's not scooting around the Cotswolds or India or France she's been working with our sponsorship and marketing teams. She is the author of two books: Forgotten Land, a rediscovery of Burma (Michael Joseph); and Queen Emma and the Vikings (Bloomsbury).
Laura Parker: Copy Writing and Website Content
Laura is our copywriter, web editor and the only committee member to own sheep. During the day she’s out gathering words, mustering phrases, and rounding up stray commas for her clients in construction, steel, beer, oil and hair products. She’s hoping lambing will be over by the time of the Festival.
Ellie Richardson: Secretary
Ellie is new to the committee, joining as the secretary in Oct 2016. She moved to live in Chipping Norton three years ago and says she loves every minute being here.
She enjoy yoga, running and going to the gym. Out of those three Ellie only really enjoy the first one but she does the other two to be good. She's an avid reader and feel uncomfortable if she don’t have at least three books on the go.
Ellie loves walking in the countryside and finding good pubs with her husband Stuart. She is looking forward to helping out with the festival!
Mike Rushby: Festival Photographer and IT Support
Mike, along with Jenny, is photographing throughout the festival; the pictures will be on the ChipLit website. This is his second year as team photographer.
Mike's company helps local businesses and charities get the most value out of the internet - using marketing, advertising, seo and design.
Charlotte Sabin: Programme Director
Charlotte joined the Committee as ChipLitFest Programme Director having volunteered at the 2016 Festival. Charlotte is a writer and editor from Chipping Norton. Having taught English in South East Asia and devised curricula for language schools, Charlotte is an active advocate for creative arts and education, acting as content writer for Field Notes and on other digital platforms. Her writing has been published in The Bookseller and on Gadgette.
She is part of the team in Author Liaison for Port Eliot Festival, and in 2015 took on the role of Assistant Producer for online literary festival BritCrime. She has also coordinated online coverage for North Cornwall Book Festival. Her independently curated projects range from folk music archiving to community arts and have achieved national recognition. For the last year, Charlotte has worked as an editor and moderator for Cornwall-based Professional Writing Academy.
She has lectured at Falmouth University on social media and digital writing and will soon be tutoring at the MET Film School, London on digital storytelling.
Sarah Tillett: Sponsorship Director
Sarah is ChipLitFest's Sponsorship Director.
Sarah was a writer and broadcaster before ordination in the Church of England, focused mainly on Arts programmes and the News. She has produced and presented programmes for Radio Television Hong Kong, Granada Television and been a regular commentator on BBC. She has been a features writer for various magazines and for the South China Morning Post. Published works include Caring for Creation: Biblical and theological perspectives, BRF 2005. Sarah is currently writing a children’s story.
Milly Weaver: Schools & Young People Programme Director
As a teacher at a Chipping Norton school, Milly is perfectly placed to deliver in her role of Schools and Young People Programme Director.
Eva Williams: Sponsorship Team
Mr Richard Hoare, Eva’s English school teacher at Coundon Court School in Coventry and author, opened up the world of books to Eva – Shakespeare’s plays in particular.
Eva’s love of words extended to her career. She has worked in PR, marketing and fundraising within the private and voluntary sectors, and for the last nine years in academia at the University of Oxford.
In her spare time Eva is a volunteer on the ChipLitFest marketing and sponsorship committee, a member of a book club in Chipping Norton and can be found in galleries up and down the country – art is her other great love!