Blake and Lamb among ChipLitFest new patrons

Blake and Lamb among ChipLitFest new patrons

Chipping Norton Literary Festival has appointed six new patrons, including literary agents Carole Blake and Natasha Fairweather, and Orion Fiction m.d. Susan Lamb.

The new patrons will join the festival’s four founder patrons – Mark Billingham, Sue Cook, John Dougherty and Prue Leith.

Joining Blake, Fairweather and Lamb as new patrons are Fanny Blake, novelist and books editor of Woman and Home, comedian, author and presenter Graeme Garden and children’s book illustrator Korky Paul.

Festival director Clare Mackintosh said: “ChipLitFest has benefitted immensely from the support of our founder patrons, and I’m delighted to welcome our six new patrons. This is an important year for the festival, following the introduction of our profit-share scheme, and the advice of such experienced industry experts is invaluable to us.”

Blake said: “I’ve enjoyed ChipLitFest every time I’ve participated, either in the audience or as a speaker: the whole town seems to join in the celebration of the festival. The profit-share scheme is innovative and admirable, and I’m really honoured to be a part of it.”