The ChipLitFest Friends scheme offers members the opportunity to support the Festival and its charitable aims financially. We suggest a minimum donation of £25. For those with deeper pockets, why not join the Festival Family for a donation of £150 or over.
A key benefit to Friends and members of our Festival Family is priority booking.
A key benefit to ChipLitFest is your support for our work with vulnerable young people.
And a benefit to all is sustaining our innovative community Festival that celebrates literature in all its forms. Details about the Friends and Family scheme are here.
ChipLitFest continues its partnerships with local schools through our Schools Outreach Programme in liaison with the Chipping Norton Schools Partnership and now includes that are geographically close to Chipping Norton although they are in a different county such as Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.
On 25 March eight amazing authors will visit 16 schools from nursery classes to year 11s and inspire a love of reading through a programme of high-impact, dynamic work that celebrates reading, writing and illustration. The authors working in the schools are: Jasbinder Bilan, Matt Carr, John Dougherty, Candy Gourlay (pictured above), Mini Grey, Sarah Lean, Bali Rai and Tony de Saulles.
For more information about our work with children and young people, click here.
Our fifth annual short story competition is now open.
Judge: Sarah Franklin
Entry fee: £5 for stories up to 2,500 words. £8 for stories up to 5,000 words
Deadline: 12 midnight GMT, Saturday 8 February 2020
First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £100
Third Prize: £50
2019 winners: here
The definitive vegetarian cookbook from the founder of Leiths School of Food and Wine, ChipLitFest patron and Bake Off judge, Prue Leith, and pastry chef and lifelong vegetarian, Peta Leith, Prue’s niece.
Join us for this very special pre-festival event. Learn more about cooking these favourite dishes that bring delight to the extended Leith family table and get an insight into the life of the legendary chef and food writer.
Is she a novelist, is she a poet, or is she a teacher? Sophie Hannah is all of those things, and she’s one of the most prolific authors writing today. Our guest at the Theatre on Saturday 23 January is an international best-seller and we’re delighted that she has chosen to come Chipping Norton on the day her latest novel, Haven’t They Grown, is published.
Directors: Martin Neild (chair), Penny Chapman, Helen Dance, Cathy Horlick, Jo Howard, Liz Sich
Registered Charity: 1152866