We are thrilled to announce the second ChipLitFest Short Story Competition. Sponsored by pennyshorts.com, this year the competition will be judged by Martyn Waites, award winning author of 18 novels who also writes under the name Tania Carver. The competition is open to all amateur and professional writers over the age of 16 from across the world. Closing date: 20 Feb 2017. First prize: £500. Full details available here. We look forward to hearing from you.
For ChipLitFest 2017, tickets will go on sale to Festival Friends on 27 Feb. This year, we have introduced a new Friends scheme in which we welcome any contribution you feel able to make. Becoming a Friend gives you priority booking as well as helping to support our outreach education programme. We also encourage you to sign up to our mailing list for advance details about the programme and exclusive ticket offers, sign up at the bottom of the page. Sales to the general public will be from 6 March. Box Office: 01608 642350 or online via each event
In this special event three weeks ahead of the main Festival, Armando Iannucci, the comedy brain behind Alan Partridge and the sweary spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker, discusses the books he’d take to a desert island with Will Gompertz, the BBC’s Arts Editor. Armando abandoned his PhD on John Milton to pursue a career in comedy, we’ll find out who he would now include on his desert island bookshelf - will it be joke books or epic religious poetry? Tickets are on sale now
At ChipLitFest we operate a profit share scheme that means all participating authors are entitled to an equal share of our operating profit. Recently, there has been a growing call for authors to be fairly remunerated for their work at literary festivals, after all - no authors, no festival - and we strongly believe that all our authors are entitled to fair payment for the work they do. We are a small, young literary festival and our profits are not substantial but by creating an environment where the authors feel truly valued we will benefit and enlarge our audiences and, in turn, increase the profit we have to share. Read more about the scheme here.
Directors: Martin Neild, Clare Mackintosh, Helen Dance, Penny Chapman, Jo Howard, Liz Sich, Cathy Horlick
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