elcome to our ninth festival, celebrating Frankenstein’s bicentenary with Fiona Sampson’s 2018 biography of Mary Shelley. Explore new gothic novels, rebuilding the gothic Houses of Parliament, ancient woodlands, the ghost, umbrellas, dying, spying, witches, and houses in fiction. Enjoy a literary lunch and WI tea. Get creative at the poetry-writing and letter-press workshops. Watch the film of the Australian gothic novel Picnic at Hanging Rock. Rediscover Paradise Lost with John Carey. Learn more about Dracula, Northanger Abbey, and Grenfell Tower.
Hear Harriet Walter discuss women in Shakespeare, and analyse with Carol Drinkwater her Big Book Group novel, a precursor to the #MeToo campaign. Miranda Seymour presents In Byron’s Wake featuring Ada Lovelace. Peter Hart reflects on the final weeks of WW1. Jane Robinson honours the suffragists #Vote100, and 2017 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro and actor Mark Williams share their passion for book collecting. And finally, pianist Lucy Parham and actor Henry Goodman tell the story of the exiled Rachmaninoff. Toke’s Food and Drink provides the evening bars, and the coffee bar on the event packed Festival Saturday. Our thriving Cotswold town with historic buildings; hotel, B&B and self-catering accommodation; and restaurants, tearooms, pubs and independent shops is the perfect festival destination.

‘A unique opportunity for students to have their horizons broadened, perspectives challenged, and to engage in debate long after the event has finished. I can’t recommend it enough.’
John Sanderson BA (Hon), MA Principal Chipping Campden School 

This year’s Chipping Campden School Festival Representatives are Abi and Meagan.

Festival Book Supplier
Borzoi Bookshop Tel: 01451 830268