Simon Hoggart is appearing at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.
TICKETS are still available — but selling fast — for many featured events at what will be the biggest literary festival ever held on the Isle of Wight.
The second Isle of Wight Literary Festival begins tomorrow (Friday) — a packed three-day programme of talks, workshops, comedy and live music, staged at Northwood House and other venues in Cowes.
Tickets have been selling quickly, with appearances by Max Hastings and Penelope Keith, among others, sold out so far.
Best-selling author and scriptwriter Deborah Moggach will open proceedings at Northwood House on Friday.
The day will also include lively debate from food bloggers A Girl Called Jack and Ms Marmite Lover and a performance by poet Philip Wells and The Bookshop Band, who write their own literary-inspired lyrics.
Historical fiction writers James Heneage and Conn Iggulden, together with Prof David Hendy, who talk about his study, Noise, the basis of a major BBC radio documentary series, will feature on Saturday. Saturday’s events feature a talk by publisher Christopher MacLehose, who discovered best-selling author Stieg Larsson, and will predict who will be the next big publishing sensation, while wit Simon Hoggart will be at the Trinity Theatre sharing tales from the halls of Westminster.
Adventurer Robin Hanbury Tenison and travel author Horatio Claire will transport audiences further afield with their global experiences, while thriller fans can enjoy the special Crime Writers in Conversation event, on Sunday.
The festival closes with The Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor, in conversation with Chris Serle at the Trinity Theatre.
Anthea Parker, of the festival’s organising committee, said: "It’s great to see everything coming to fruition. We’re really looking forward to the weekend ahead."
Day tickets are still available for many events. See www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org to reserve them.