Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival has announced the line-up for this year’s event, with a host of award-winning authors, acclaimed journalists and fascinating thought-leaders heading to the seaside town this September.

Taking place from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 in locations across the town, the Festival programme is packed with events, talks and workshops for all ages, designed to inspire, fascinate and engage.

Highlights for 2019 include Festival President and two-time Man Booker Prize Winner Dame Hilary Mantel; author of twelve acclaimed novels including the Cicero Trilogy, Robert Harris; multi-award-winning author of This is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay; and one of the UK’s most popular writers and performers, Jenny Eclair.

Also joining the line-up is and BAFTA-winning journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark; ‘War Doctor’ Dr David Nott, widely acknowledged to be the world’s most experienced trauma surgeon; and Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent and best-selling author Christina Lamb, presenting the Susan Ward Memorial Talk in memory of the Festival’s founder.

There is plenty for children to enjoy too, including multi-million selling author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon series, who will talk about her inspiration and give tips on becoming an author or illustrator. Inspiring children to get writing in story creation workshops will be popular picture book author Simon Jamesand for older readers Carnegie Medal winner, Tanya Landman.

Dame Hilary Mantel said: “We are delighted to present a diverse and exciting programme we hope will appeal to a wide range of tastes. This is our eleventh year; with its unique location and committed workers, the Festival has prospered beyond all expectations. We are proud of our sharp and sparky audiences, and grateful to our generous sponsors.

“Please come and enjoy our writers, our hospitality, the friendly services of our tireless volunteers, our seascape, winds and tides, our words as endless as pebbles on the beach.”

In addition to a wide range of author events, the Festival programme also includes a creative writing workshop with novelist and director of the Fiction Programme at Faber AcademyRichard Skinner, as well as memoir writing, brush lettering and stationery making workshops.

The 2019 Festival Fringe includes Sunday Times best-selling author and blogger Sarah Turner, aka The Unmumsy Mum, the ever-popular open-mic poetry evening, and East Devon Writer’s Group.

Annie Ashworth, Festival Artistic Director, said: “Once again our programme is packed with something for all tastes and all ages. From the presence of guardian angels to war-torn Aleppo, from artificial intelligence to discovering what your handwriting says about you, there is sure to be an event or two that take your fancy. We look forward to seeing you in September.”

The 2019 line-up also features a host of local authors, including children’s authors Claire Barkerand Maria Floyd, stationer and artist Harriet De Winton, and artist Josephine Birch.

As well as more than 50 events across five days, the Festival will also facilitate author visits to schools across East Devon, inspiring and nurturing a passion for words. Schools events include illustrator, children’s author and political cartoonist Chris Riddell OBE and award-winning Exeter-based author Tom McLaughlin.

Returning as lead sponsor for a fourth year is independent audiology practice Audify, whose aim is to change the way the world sees hearing.

Tickets will go on general sale on 8th July 2019, available to purchase online, at the Budleigh Salterton Information Centre on Fore Street, or by phoning the Box Office on 01395 445275.

To read the full programme of events, including times and prices, visit the website.