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 third year. Candy Gourlay has visited two schools to inspire pupils to write their own stories about myths and mythmaking. We will produce a book of the stories to be published just before the Festival begins.

Primary and secondary schools within the Chipping Norton Schools Partnership will all receive workshops from authors on the first day of the Festival.

Our provision of author workshops for home educated children, an innovative programme of work is now in its third year.

We have now extended the specialist author workshops for young people who have been identified as having emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) by developing a programme for KS3 and 4 students.

The Pupil Referral Unit for young people who have been excluded from mainstream education is now signed up to 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.

The annual poetry competition open to all children from age 10 up 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 2017. Authors working in the schools: Jo Cotterill, John Dougherty, Abi Elphinstone, Candy Gourlay, Swapna Haddow, Joshua Khan, Tanya Landman, Adam Stower, and Steve Tasane.

Participating schools: the ACE Centre, Chadlington, Charlbury, Chipping Norton School, Enstone, Great Rollright, Great Tew, Hillcrest Park, Holy Trinity, Home Educated community, Hook Norton, Kingham Hill, Kingham Primary, Meadowbrook, Middle Barton, and St Mary’s.