ChipLitFest continues to expand its partnerships with local schools through our Schools Outreach Programme in liaison with the Chipping Norton Schools Partnership.

ChipLitFest’s key priority is to create lifelong readers and we know that by working with local children and young people, we can inspire a love of reading through a programme of high-impact, dynamic work with amazing authors.

School Shorts, our project to publish short stories written by year 5 and 6 pupils enters its fifth year. Robin Stevens will visit two schools, Bledington and Charlbury, to inspire pupils to write their own stories. We will produce a book of the stories to be published just before the Festival begins and celebrate the children's achievements with a launch party.

Primary and secondary schools within the Chipping Norton Schools Partnership will all receive workshops from authors in March 2019.

We have now extended the specialist author workshops for young people who have been identified as having social, emotional and mental health needs by developing a programme for KS3 and 4 students.

The Pupil Referral Unit for young people who have been excluded from mainstream education will receive author-led workshops that will focus partly on confidence in speaking and presentation.

We have increased the number of public events during the Festival and included events in the programme that are particularly suitable for older children. And we have added two events designed for the whole family to enjoy.

The annual poetry competition open to all children from age 10 will enjoy its awards ceremony during the Festival weekend.

The schools and children’s events have been programmed by Milly Weaver, Schools & Young People Programme Director, an Early Years teacher and extraordinary advocate of the power and pleasure of reading. Milly has created a truly thrilling and genuinely diverse Festival for 2019. Authors working in the schools: Peter Bunzl; Jo Cotterill; Candy Gourlay; Harry Heape; Patrice Lawrence; Bali Rai; Jasmine Richards; Andy Riley; Robin Stevens and Marcia Williams.

Participating schools: the ACE Centre, Bledington, Chadlington, Charlbury, Chipping Norton School, Enstone, Great Rollright, Great Tew, Hillcrest Park, Holy Trinity, Hook Norton, Kingham Hill, Kingham Primary, Long Compton, Meadow Brook College, Middle Barton, and St Mary’s.