Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Chipping Norton Literary Festival, which takes place from 23-26 April, will host a variety of distinguished writers from a wide range of genres including fiction, biography, politics and sport.
Headline speakers will include Lee Child, Richard & Judy, Helen Lederer and Sheila Hancock
During the four-day event, attendees will be invited to hear authors speak in a number of intimate venues in the Cotswolds market town, including the Theatre, Town Hall, Methodist Hall and 16th century pub, The Chequers. Familiar faces being welcomed to the famous Chipping Norton Theatre will include British thriller writer, Lee Child in conversation with Matt Billingham and Julie Cohen who will be interviewing Richard and Judy about their book club and own novels.
For crime lovers, visitors to the festival will be treated to talks by M.C Beaton and international bestselling author S.J Watson, who will discuss his new novel, Second Life and showcase a film version of his debut thriller, Before I Go To Sleep. Fans of political writing will have the opportunity to hear from John Crace and Polly Toynbee, as well as Baroness Trumpington who will talk about her Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Coming Up Trumps.
The impressive line-up for the festival also includes The Times Chief Sports Correspondent, Matt Dickinson, The Humans author Matt Haig and award-winning children's author, Peter Horacek. Tim Bentinck, actor in BBC Radio 4 series, The Archers, will also be joined by producer Sean O’Connor to discuss Britain’s best-loved and longest running radio drama.
As well as talks from authors, visitors will be treated to a varied programme of events over the course of the festival, including creative writing workshops, performance poetry and literary quiz. A free photography exhibition, Writers Not Writing, commissioned from local photographer Jane Stillwell, will also offer a window into the lives of authors away from their desks. Children will also be well-catered for at the festival with talks by renowned children’s authors, including John Dougherty, Tamsyn Murray and Joe Craig, as well as creative workshops and film animation workshops.
Festival Director, Clare Mackintosh comments, “We offer a diverse programme of events visitors can enjoy in a beautiful Cotswolds setting. We’re now in the fourth year of the festival, which is going from strength to strength, and I’m delighted with this year’s line-up. We bring big names into intimate, local venues, which means that audiences benefit from an up-close and personal atmosphere.”
Top Image – Helen Lederer (Credit: Matt Crockett)
Bottom Image - Richard and Judy (Credit: Bill Waters)