Everyone involved in organising Chipping Norton Literary Festival works tirelessly to make the festival a success, and currently we have no paid positions on the team.

In addition to the core planning team we rely heavily on volunteers for roles leading up the event and during it - this is a team of around 80 who give what time they can to support the 60 or so events at 7 venues across the town.

A big thank you to all of you who have volunteered for this and previous Festivals. We have had excellent support over the years and we are always looking forward to meeting new faces.

What do you get out of volunteering at Chipping Norton Literary Festival?

Well, we're assuming you like books, or writing, or at the very least you think that books are A Good Thing. By giving a few hours to support the festival, you'll be helping to encourage that view in other people, creating opportunities to access literature which simply aren't available for some families.

We'll look after you while you're with us, with hot drinks, plenty of cake, and a free ticket to the event of your choice.

So what do you think?

Advance volunteer roles include: Bloggers, tweeters, planners, fundraisers, marketers and a host of other interesting and varied roles.

Event volunteer roles during the festival ask for a whole or half a day and include: driver/chaperones for school events on Thursday; front of house managers; ushers at venues; author chaperones; people with local knowledge; the young at heart to walk round the town shouting about how good we are! And very importantly, volunteers willing to clear up after the event. You can find more details of the roles here.

What skills do you need?

Common sense. Smiley face. An interest in making the event a success. Ability to help 'brand' the event in simple ways (don't worry, we will be offering training!)

If you would like to join us – and we really hope you will – you can contact us at volunteer@chiplitfest.com. We're looking forward to meeting you.