Something for everyone

Chipping Norton Literary Festival runs from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April. If you love fiction, radio, politics, nature, food, health or history, or if you want to inspire the children, there’s something for you. The line-up includes BBC Radio 2 stars Jeremy Vine and Liza Tarbuck, TV journalist Robert Peston, and Pointless presenter and comedian Richard Osman.

Lionel Shriver, the author of We need to talk about Kevin will be at the Chipping Norton Theatre on Friday 27 April to talk about her first collection of short stories. Fiction writers include Rachel Joyce, Kit de Waal and Rachel Seiffert, and there are book club talks on Muriel Spark and Barbara Pym.

In celebration of the NHS at 70, health is a hot topic: the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s; the life of a heart surgeon; and the reflections of comedian Adam Kay on his experiences as an NHS medic.

Food is on the menu with the author of Dinner with Dickens, and you can take Afternoon Tea with Guardian writers Lucy Mangan and Laura Freeman, whose extraordinary The Reading Cure documents how books helped her recover from an eating disorder.

Nature writing is always a key strand of ChipLitFest, and this year’s names include Adam Nicholson (The Seabird’s Cry) and Tom Cox (21st Century Yokel).

As ever there is a fun-packed children’s programme with popular returning authors including Abi Elphinstone, Nadia Shireen and Korky Paul.

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