Programme: Being Human

Due to the ongoing developments with the Coronavirus situation we are suspending online, postal & telephone booking. We have an emergency Trustees meeting this Friday and will be making a full announcement about the May Festivals ASAP after that. We know that many of you will be concerned to know what is happening but please bear with us at this very difficult time. Rest assured our paramount concern is the safety of both our audience and our artists.



Welcome to the 2020 programme in which experts share with us their writing about what it means to be human. Academics and practitioners explore artificial intelligence, neuroscience, palaeontology, botany, medicine, law, migration, zoology, social science, race science, music, art, poetry, craft and design, publishing, drama, history, and religion. Our novelists weave stories that reveal the complexities of human relationships, and the programme includes biography, memoir and oral history. We mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, 75th of VE Day, and 30th of German reunification. On Festival Saturday morning there are talks on dinosaurs and fun scientific facts for all ages. We aim to host events that are lively, entertaining and informative: illustrated talks, lectures, conversation, interviews, discussions, readings and film. The beautifully produced books are objects to treasure and you are invited to buy copies – and ask authors to sign – from the Borzoi Bookshop table. For your added pleasure, Toke’s Food and Drink provides the evening bar in Chipping Campden School and on Festival Saturday runs a pop-up café selling hot drinks and comestibles between the end of one event and the start of the next. Our thriving Cotswold market town with 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. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our main venues Cotswold House Hotel and Chipping Campden School.

Vicky, Jane and Sue

‘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, MA Principal Chipping Campden School

Chipping Campden School Festival Ambassadors: Zahra Chamberlain, Kate Dufty, Lily Ferreira, India Scorer

Top l-r: Marcus du Sautoy, Angela Saini ©Henrietta Garden, Geoffrey Robertson ©Jane Bown, Lennie Goodings ©Charlie Hopkinson , Peter Stanford, Selina Todd Bottom l-r: Naoko Abe, Henry Hemmings ©Jeff Overs, Maggie Gee ©Nick Rankin, Tom Holland ©Charlie Hoskinson, Deborah Moggach ©Alex Ramsay, Iain MacGregor

Festival Book Supplier: Borzoi Bookshop Tel: 01451 830268 1 Digbeth Court, Stow-on-the-Wold