Countdown under way to start of soaraway Chippy Lit Fest

Baroness Trumpington NNL-150414-163949001
Baroness Trumpington NNL-150414-163949001

Tickets have been selling fast for next week’s Chipping Norton Literary festival with sold out signs already appearing alongside many events.

The enthralling programme runs from Thursday, April 23 to Sunday, April 26 with writers from a wide range of genres including fiction, biography, politics and sport.

Jesse Armstrong NNL-150414-164003001

Jesse Armstrong NNL-150414-164003001

They will be appearing in a number of venues around the town, including the theatre, town hall, Methodist Hall and the 16th century The Chequers Inn.

Headline speakers include Lee Child, Richard & Judy, Helen Lederer and Sheila Hancock. But with election fever growing daily – and a certain interest in the fortunes of the Chipping Norton Conservative candidate – there has been plenty of interest in the talks by the likes of John Crace and Polly Toynbee, as well as Baroness Trumpington who will talk about her Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Coming Up Trumps.

There’s plenty to interest crime lovers, including talks by MC Beaton and international best-selling author SJ Watson, who will discuss his new novel Second Life and showcase a film version of his debut thriller, Before I Go To Sleep.

There is an amended line-up for the Archers’ Afternoon but will still be a treat for fans of the show.

Jane Wenham-Jones is an author and journalist but, perhaps more importantly, a huge fan of The Archers.

Over tea and cake for both audience and panel, Jane will chat to scriptwriter Keri Davies and Archers’ actor Charles Collingwood, who plays Brian Aldridge.

If you like humour, look out for Jesse Armstrong, co-creator and writer of the award-winning Peep Show, as well as Fresh Meat, Bad Sugar, Babylon and, with Chris Morris, Four Lions.

He was also co-writer of The Thick of It and the Oscar-nominated In the Loop. His first novel Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals is published by Jonathan Cape and the evening will be chaired by his writing partner Sam Bain.

Festival director Clare Mackintosh said: “Everything is in place for another fantastic festival.

“Several events have sold out, including Lee Child and Baroness Trumpington, and others have only a few tickets remaining.

“The team is working hard to make sure the final plans are in place for a smooth event, and we’re all hoping for good weather!”

Alongside the talks, there will be creative writing workshops, performance poetry, a literary quiz and a free photography exhibition, Writers, Not Writing.

The younger generation can look forward to visits by children’s authors, as well as creative workshops and film animation workshops.

To check the latest on ticket availability and the full line-up, go to the festival website: