SHAKESPEAREAN scholar Jonathan Bate will be giving the inaugural talk at the Chipping Campden Literature Festival next year.

The popular event runs from Tuesday, April 30 to Sunday, May 5 in partnership with Chipping Campden School and will have a whole host of talks around the town.

Speakers will include Martin Stannard, Pamela Marsh, John Mullan and Selina Hastings with the full programme available in early 2013.

Residents, businesses or organisations can sponsor an event or the schools’ programme by contacting Vicky Bennett on 01386 841 222 or