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ChipLitFest 2018



ChipLitFest 2018 – four days of events in Chipping Norton that celebrate literature in all its forms. Best-sellers, debut novelists, poetry, nature writing, food & drink, free lectures, medical memoirs, politics, adventure, writers’ workshops, book groups and a children’s festival full of stories and drawing. Amazing, surprising, inspiring, thought-provoking and fun! Now in its seventh year, ChipLitFest is the biggest little litfest around. Over 100 volunteers, Festival Friends, patrons, trustees, businesses and sponsors work together to bring these brilliant events to the town. Headline names this year include Liza Tarbuck, Reggie Yates, Lionel Shriver, Robert Peston, Lucy Mangan, Richard Osman and Terry Waite.


Live Window Drawing with Nadia Shireen Saturday 28th April at 3pm at Jaffé and Neale Bookshop



Last year every child in reception classes received a copy of Nadia’s beautiful book The Bumblebear through the BookTrust’s Time to Read programme. Nadia will be sharing her love of illustration as she live-draws some of her gorgeous characters such as The Bumblebear, The Cow Who Fell to Earth and Good Little Wolf. Come and see the artist at work!

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What A Weekend- Chipping Norton Literary Festival 2015

From Left to Right: A F Harold, Steven Butler, Dave Shelton, Elen Caldecott, Adam Stower, Gill Lewis

What a fantastic festival! The much anticipated Chipping Norton Literary Festival exceeded all expectation and was another incredible occasion for the town and beyond.

Thursday saw a steady flow of creativity and awe-inspiring talent stream through the shop as a rich variety of authors joined us here in the shop and across Chipping Norton. We saw an enthusiastic group of children’s authors coming together for the Festival’s school’s day. I’m undecided as to the what the collective noun for authors should be but when you see children’s authors, like those who joined us, its hard to think of anything strictly formal like an index or a chapter of authors. When you meet such imaginative, engaging and enthusiastic authors you know as a bookseller that your job has just become that much easier; their passion for books, not just their own work, and their eloquent way with words has most definitely sold us on every single book! Schools across the county were joined by Stewart Ross, Adam Stower, Dave Shelton, Gill Lewis, Elen Caldecott, Steven Butler, A F Harold and John Dougherty.

Mark Billingham and Lee Child

After a flying start,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw an astonishing array of exceptional events ranging from Lee Child in the Theatre as well as Richard and Judy later in the day, Shelia Hancock and Baroness Trumpington, Matt Haig in the Town Hall and debut novelists Renee Knight, Jason Hewitt and Paula Hawkins, and storytelling with Petr Horacek in the Library. The town was buzzing with literary excitement and here in the shop we were truly privileged to host the Green Room. If you missed out this year on all that the Festival had to offer then make sure you follow us throughout the year and join us next year. Here are some of our favourite moments from the weekend.

Matt Haig enjoying the joys of the bookshop
Our beautiful window by Petr Horacek
Storytelling in the Library with Petr Horacek
The incredible Lee Child with the lovely Polly Jaffé


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Books, boxes, and Chipping Norton Literary Festival



There are always boxes of books coming in and out of the shop, but never more so than in the run-up to an event, when we take delivery of all the additional books needed on top of our every day stock. Right now we’re gearing up for Chipping Norton Literary Festival, a four-day extravaganza of books right on our doorstep. The festival holds events in seven venues across the town (fortunately all within a few minutes of each other) and we have book stands in at least four of them. At the same time.

Making sure we have the right numbers of people and the right numbers of books in the right place at the right time is a logistical challenge, but one we relish. Jaffé & Neale has been the official festival bookseller since year one (the festival is in its third year), and it has become a big part of our event calendar.

On the Friday of the festival our booksellers head off to 13 schools with festival volunteer stewards and an amazing array of children’s authors. Our Reading Room is transformed into an authors’ Green Room, and there’s always a big buzz at lunchtime as authors catch up with each other and talk about their visits.

Festival highlights this year include Kate Adie, economist Tim Harford, children’s authors Lauren Child and Holly Smale, crime writers Nicci French, Mark Billingham and Tania Carver, and many more besides. There are more than 80 authors taking part, so if you’re in the Chipping Norton area the weekend of 24-27 April, take a look at the programme.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some more boxes to shift…