Annie Dawid has published five books, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and essays. She teaches at the University of Denver, University College master’s program in creative writing online from her home in very rural Colorado. Her fifth book, Put Off My Sackcloth, was published last year by The Humble Essayist Press. It was a runner up in the Los Angeles Book Festival 2021 autobiography category and a finalist in the 2022 Memoir category from Book Excellence and in non-fiction, Rubery International Book Award 2022. Paradise Undone: A Novel of Jonestown won the 2022 Screencraft Cinematic Book Contest.
The ChipLitFest Short Story Competition is back for 2024!
Watch this space for the latest news about deadlines and judges. We already know that the wonderful HW Fisher is returning once again as competition sponsors.
Annie Dawid, author of Paradise Undone, was the winner of the 2022 Short Story Competition and now we have the privilege of launching her new book - proof that entering the competition can really take you places!
Still smiling - here are the Festival committee members on the steps of the Town Hall at the close of the ChipLitFest 2023.
This year's festival built on the 2022 festival, reminding audiences to trust that live literary events will go ahead and that they can book tickets in advance! We still had to hold our nerve as audiences have changed their buying habits but we were delighted by the high number of sold out events.
The festival week began with visits to 16 schools - nursery, primary, secondary and special - from a team of eight authors delivering brilliant fun workshops.
From Thurs 27 to Sun 30 April, we then hosted 54 events involving 69 authors and 13 interviewers. Approx 3,000 tickets were sold, audiences from age 3 upwards were entertained all weekend by amazing authors. People laughed, cried, learned, met their literary heroes, discovered new ones and bought 100s and 100s of books.
The festival is community-run, the organising committee are all volunteers and give their time and energy to bringing this amazing festival to Chipping Norton. Many thanks to all the Chippy residents and businesses for their support and see you in 2024.
Directors: Martin Neild (chair), Penny Chapman, Helen Dance, Cathy Horlick, Jo Howard, Liz Sich
Registered Charity: 1152866