HUNDREDS of book worms came together at the weekend for the third annual Salisbury Literary Festival.

Aimed at celebrating the city’s rich literary heritage, this year’s event was more popular than ever with visitors coming from as far afield as Cornwall, Cardiff, Norfolk and Northern Ireland.

The festival featured literary walks around the Cathedral Close and Avebury with crime writer and archaeologist Nicola Ford, talks on the works of Salisbury Greats Michael Gilbert and Edith Olivier as well as readings and conversations with leading authors including Jung Chang at Salisbury Cathedral, Irenosen Okojie at Culture Coffee and Keggie Carew at Salisbury Guildhall to name but a few.

Festival director Tom Bromley was delighted with how the event went, he said: “We had one of our largest audiences yet for Jung Chang in the cathedral on the Friday night, had a record number of entries for the Salisbury Story Prize, saw our Salisbury Greats series of events sold out and raised more than £500 for Salisbury Foodbank at our closing event on Sunday night.

"I’m hugely grateful to the festival team and all the volunteers who worked tirelessly over the weekend to put the festival on."