Chipping Norton Literary Festival

Want something a little different to do this weekend? Already missing the bookish buzz of the Oxford Literary Festival and disheartened at the thought of waiting a whole year to indulge your inner bookworm once again? Well fear not for this weekend, from today until Sunday, it’s the Chipping Norton Literary Festival and this year promises some fantastic events: once again this April, some of our best-loved authors will be descending on the region of Oxfordshire to talk about everything from writing sex scenes to climbing Mont Blanc in a skirt to how to write the perfect travelogue – and much more besides!

This year the affectionately-named ‘ChipLitFest’ boasts some truly renowned authors including Prue Leith, Colin Dexter, Mark Billingham, Sophie Hannah, Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell and Joanna Trollope – promising to match the quality of its significantly larger Oxford Literary Festival sibling, despite the smaller quantity. Events will take place around the picturesque Cotswold market town, including at one of Oxfordshire’s most celebrated independent bookshops ‘Jaffe and Neale,’ who will be hosting several events in their gorgeous bookstore-cum-cafe.

The festival proper starts tomorrow, today being centred on the region’s schools, so it might be a good idea to check the website out now and see what takes your fancy over the following two days. Well worth a visit, as you can see, but if you do pop in make sure to take an umbrella with you as the weather for this weekend doesn’t sound very promising – typical!

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