SALISBURY Literary Festival gets underway today (Friday).

The 2019 festival, which is in its third year starts with an event in association with Salisbury’s Walking Book Group and local crime author Nicola Ford – leading an Avebury walk around some of the sites that have inspired her fiction.

This evening then sees the festival welcoming International bestselling author Jung Chang to Salisbury Cathedral.

Saturday is the festival’s readers’ day, with a mixture of events at venues across the city. Barney Norris talks about his latest book, The Vanishing Hours. Keggie Carew, winner of the Costa Prize for Biography, will also speak about her work. For crime fans, there will be appearances by Erin Kelly, Paul Burston and Alex Reeve. Laura Purcell and Michelle Paver will also be speaking.

And Sunday sees the return of the Writers’ Day at Sarum College, with a full day of workshops by leading authors Paul McVeigh, Susmita Bhattacharya and Yvonne Battle-Felton, as well as sessions on editing, publishing and submitting to literary agents.

It runs until Sunday. For tickets go to