STARS from television and politics will join best-selling authors at this year's Isle of Wight Literary Festival.
Coast presenter Neil Oliver, Antiques Roadshow art expert Philip Hook, former Conservative politician Ann Widdecombe and brother of the late Princess Diana, Charles Spencer, will all be appearing organisers announced today (Tuesday).
They are among 40 writers, poets, performers and media personalities, including authors Katie Fforde, Elizabeth Buchan and Daisy Goodwin and John Harvey, prize-winning Reuters correspondent Tom Bergin, award-winning travel and history author Philip Marsden and marine historian Sam Willis.
The festival will be held at Cowes venues including Northwood House, St Mary's Church and Trinity Theatre, from October 16 to 19.
It has previously played host to luminaries Louis de Bernieres, Celia Imrie, Gyles Brandreth, Toby Young, Kate Mosse and Penelope Keith.
Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant and festival patron Maj Gen Martin White said: "Last year we had a wonderful range of authors, people involved in the literary world and Northwood House was packed, it was terrific. And this year’s line-up looks just as interesting and varied, I’m sure it’ll be just as much of a success!
"There are household names from news and current affairs, there are household names from the political world and there are household names from the literary world. So there’s a spread of guests coming who will attract a wide cross-section of people, not just from across the Island but I hope from across the Solent as well."
This year’s event, supported by the Isle of Wight County Press and Red Funnel, is once again in memory of Serena Courage, co-founder of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, who died last year.