Since 2012 Chipping Norton has held its Literary Festival each April, celebrating writing and reading in attractive venues at the heart of this charming Cotswold town. Everyone at ChipLitFest is a volunteer, from the venue ushers to the Festival Director. Almost 100 people work tirelessly throughout the year to deliver the programme of literary events.


ChipLitFest has earned its reputation as one of the friendliest and most innovative festivals, bringing a wide-ranging array of writers, poets, public figures and creative people to the town and drawing large and lively audiences from a wide area. In previous years we have welcomed Jim Al Kahlili, David Baddiel, Jo Brand, Candice Carty-Williams, Lee Child, Guy Gunaratne, Frank Gardner, Natalie Haynes, Armando Iannucci, Adam Kay, Prue Leith, Jenni Murray, David Nicholls, Robert Peston, Ian Rankin, Tony Robinson, Alan Rusbridger, SF Said, Lionel Shriver, Robin Stevens, Polly Toynbee, Kit de Waal, Terry Waite and Reggie Yates, among scores of others. Our innovative profit-sharing scheme benefits all participating authors equally.