elcome to our eighth independent literature festival. Our thriving Cotswold market town with its historic buildings, a huge range of B&B and self-catering accommodation, great places to eat and drink, unique shops, magnificent Wool Church, and an Arts and Crafts Museum, is the perfect festival destination. And most important of all the festival engages outstanding writers and tutors, expert interviewers, and professional musicians, actors and technicians. In 2017 you are invited to investigate: whodunit or whydunit, howdunit and where; cosy crime and psychological thrillers; and true stories of war crimes, financial cover-ups, and assassination. Join us for lunch and WI cake. Mull over royal greed, know your poisons, view country houses and sleeper trains, watch the wonderful Lana Turner in a film noir, understand the power of faith, listen to parliamentary sketch writer John Crace on Hamlet, discover music’s role in the fight for justice, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality at an evening of Oscar Wilde.
And, having heard our writers, experience the joy of buying real books – signed by the authors – from the Borzoi Bookshop table run by the indefatigable Kevin. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Printers’ Wayzgoose, or to explore your creativity at the fiction-writing workshop, the bookbinding day course, and with the Patchwork Poets.
For your added pleasure, Toke’s Food and Drink provides the evening bars, and on the event packed Festival Saturday runs a café stocked with homemade comestibles.

‘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

Home page image: ©Jane Clarke
Author images: Philippe Sands @John Reynolds, Jasvinder Sanghera @GSR
Photographic, Mark Billingham @Charlie Hopkinson, Catherine Hickley @Xiomara
Bender, Jane Corry @Justine Stoddart