THERE are a range of award-winning and bestselling literary writers appearing across the festival weekend. The festival’s closing headliner is Jonathan Coe, who will be in conversation with Salisbury’s own Barney Norris, at Salisbury Cathedral on Sunday, October 21 (7.30pm, £7). Coe’s eagerly-anticipated new novel Middle England has been described by India Knight as ‘sublimely good’ and by Sathnam Sanghera as ‘the first great Brexit novel’.

On Saturday, October 20, Salisbury Playhouse plays host to a number of fascinating authors. First up is Richard Beard, author of the award-winning memoir The Day That Went Missing and Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2.30pm, £5). They are followed by a panel of three debut novelists: Libby Page (The Lido), AJ Pearce (Dear Mrs Bird) and Katy Mahood (Entanglement), (3.45pm, £5). Finally, at 5pm, Claire Fuller, author of the critically-acclaimed Bitter Orange, will be appearing alongside debut Irish novelist Caoilinn Hughes (5pm, £5).

For those feeling hungry, Fisherton Mill are then hosting an early-evening event of food and fiction (6.15pm, £15). The fiction is being provided by Vanguard Readings, showcasing first time authors; the food will be a delicious antipasti selection from Fisherton Mill’s award-winning kitchen. This event will finish in time for those wanting to watch Matt Haig at the cathedral.