An exciting mix of best-selling authors, media personalities and newcomers will take the stage at this year's Chipping Norton's Literary Festival.
Literary headliners include novelists Ian Rankin and Joanna Trollope. TV's Nadiya Hussain, Tony Robinson and Nicolas Crane, and radio broadcasters Rev Richard Coles and Jenni Murray will be talking about their recent books. Also in the line-up is Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and the Festival's founder, Clare Mackintosh, now a hugely successful crime writer. Bryony Gordon, whose Mad Girl is currently topping the best-seller charts, will also be appearing.
"We're expecting several sell-outs," says Festival Director Jenny Dee. "It's fantastic that these popular and familiar writers want to keep coming to our Festival. But there are also loads of other events for people of all ages throughout the town, including hands-on events for bloggers, writers and cartoonists. We also have our first screenwriter, Sarah Phelps, who's made our Christmas in recent years with her Agatha Christie adaptations for TV."
There is also the hugely-popular children's programme which brings in award-winning authors such as Tamsyn Murray and David Solomons and offers something of interest, from toddlers to teens.
ChipLitFest has a reputation for introducing new authors who go on to become best-sellers. Joanna Cannon made her debut last year at the regular New Voices session. Her The Trouble with Goats and Sheep has been riding high in the charts for months. There's plenty for those with a love of the factual, too, such as the biography of Beatrix Potter; the story of how soldiers in WWI found solace in plants and animals, and the magic benefits of running.
There's also an ongoing programme of workshops for aspiring writers.
Tickets £2-£15 some events free
|27/04/2017 (27 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017)|
|Thursday - Sunday||10:00||- 21:00|