Wednesday 25 March 09:00 – 15:00

Events not open to the public

Chipping Norton Schools Partnership




ChipLitFest continues its partnerships with local schools through our Schools Outreach Programme in liaison with the Chipping Norton Schools Partnership and now includes that are geographically close to Chipping Norton although they are in a different county such as Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

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 has now visited all the local primary schools over the last five years. School Shorts will return in 2021.

Primary and secondary schools within the Chipping Norton Schools Partnership will all receive workshops from authors in March 2020.

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 our youngest readers and listeners. 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 2020. Authors working in the schools: Jasbinder Bilan, Matt Carr, John Dougherty, Candy Gourlay, Mini Grey, Sarah Lean, Bali Rai and Tony de Saulles.

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.

For student reporter Pheeb's review of Jasbinder Bilan's Asha and the Spirit Bird, Candy Gourlay's Bone Talk, and Matt Carr's Rocketmole , click here.