Award-winning engineer and broadcaster Roma Agrawal brings her fascinating new book, Nuts & Bolts, to ChipLitFest - she deconstructs our most complex feats of
engineering into seven fundamental inventions: the nail, spring, wheel, lens, magnet, string and pump.
Alex is a children's illustrator. He works on a children's magazine as well as story books. And he plays the accordion. This is Alex's first visit to ChipLitFest, he's bringing his new picture book, If I Had a Crocodile - loads of facts, fun and rollicking rhymes.Read More
Mark is a Festival founder patron and well-established Festival favourite as the ChipLit Quiz master. He also happens to be one of the country's most entertaining and popular crime writers with a brand new detective series on its way in May 2023.Read More
Katherine Bradley has had a long career in managing homeless services and now works in education alongside her writing work. She has published two suspense thrillers, as Kate Bradley, and joins ChipLitFest to discuss The Sisterhood, a feminist retelling of George Orwell's 1984.Read More
Author and illustrator Roland joins us at ChipLitFest for the first time with his exciting new children's series, The Adventures of Billy Shaman, about exploration and discovery through the ages. Roland is Writer in Residence for First Story, the creative writing charity for young people.Read More
Geoff Cottrell is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and visiting scientist at the Oxford University Astrophysics Department and at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, he will be presenting a 30-minute lecture about Observational Astronomy as part of the ever-popular Oxford University Press Very Short IntroductionsRead More
Gabby is a children's writer, screenwriter and occasional illustrator. She writes on the hit CBeebies pre-school animated show ‘Messy goes to OKIDO’. This is her first visit to ChipLitFest, she's bringing her new book, If I Had a Crocodile - loads of facts, fun and rollicking rhymes.Read More
Thomas is a children's author and illustrator, he never thought he would end up writing books as he's dyslexic. But now his books have sold around the world and been translated into 25 languages. This is Thomas' first visit to ChipLitFest, he's bringing The Hare-Shaped Hole which he illustrated and John Dougherty wrote.Read More
Catherine is the ChipLitFest trustee who organises the annual short story competition and the publisher behind our collection of previous short story winners, The One About The Sheep. As always, she will host the award ceremony during the festival weekend.Read More
Mike Gayle has been a full-time novelist since 1997 following the publication of his Sunday Times top ten best-seller My Legendary Girlfriend. He first came to ChipLitFest in 2017 and we're delighted to welcome him back to claim his crown as king of feel good fiction.Read More
Alice has written over 40 books for kids, about everything from art to outer space. She's bringing her new book to ChipLitFest and it's all about famous paintings told from the perspective of the subjects themselves – including superstar Mona Lisa.Read More
Public historian Greg Jenner brings the fascinating history behind ordinary objects to our special event for all the family. We're thrilled that Greg is returning to ChipLitFest and we know that his mind-boggling tales from the past and hilarious historical happenings will make this an unmissable event.Read More
Clare is the best-selling, multi award-winning author of some of the past decade's most popular thrillers. She is also the founder of ChipLitFest and we're delighted to host an event celebrating her latest book, The Last Party, and ten years of the festival.Read More
Consultant neurologist Dr Jules Montague shines a light on medical diagnosis in her fascinating book, The Imaginary Patient, and examines the idea that a diagnosis might not give us the certainty we crave but, in fact, reveal the medical establishment's bias.
Deputy MD of PR Agency Midas, Georgina Moore is an award-winning book publicist who has worked in the publishing industry for 20 years, several of her authors have featured at past festivals. She is also a debut novelist and will join the New Voices panel with The Garnett Girls.Read More
Writer and documentary maker Polly Morland brings her extraordinary reportage on the life of a country doctor, A Fortunate Woman, to ChipLitFest. Combining biography, nature writing and a plea on behalf of general practice, this wonderful account is a remarkable response to John Berger's A Fortunate Man.Read More
Author and Financial Times columnist, Sebastian Payne, tells of the miscalculations and mistakes that led to Boris Johnson’s downfall, only two years after he first entered No.10 Downing Street. This is a gripping and timely look at how power is gained, wielded and lost in Britain today.Read More
Internationally best-selling and prize-winning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore brings The World to Chipping Norton. Named as The Times History Book of 2022, it's a groundbreaking history of the world told through its most influential families.
Nature writer and novelist, Richard Smyth, returns to ChipLitFest (last here in 2015) with The Jay, The Beech and the Limpetshell where he weaves together history, memoir, and environmentalism to form a new kind of nature writing: one that asks both what we have lost, and what we have yet to find.
Children's non-fiction writer, Alexandra, is coming to ChipLitFest with her wonderful book, Let's Fill This World with Kindness - over 25 real-life stories revealing how heroic acts of kindness can change our world for the better.Read More
Actor, author, magician and leotard-wearer Joe Tracini lives with a complex mental illness. He wrote his book, Ten Things I Hate About Me, to save his life and hopes it will save others. It’s frank, sad and surprisingly hilarious. Don't miss it!Read More
Following our return to live literary events in April 2022, we hosted three extraordinary evenings in October. Thanks so much to our audience and authors for getting involved: Dame Prue Leith, Brian Bilston, Manni and Reuben Coe and interviewer Saba Salman. Also thanks to Chipping Norton Theatre for hosting the events and to Jaffé & Neale for organising the book sales.Read More
With decades at the top of her professional game and a long list of awards and achievements, Prue Leith barely needs an introduction but we are always very proud to mention she is a festival patron! We're delighted to host an evening of riveting chat with Prue - don't miss it.Read More