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The Isle of Wight is getting ready to play host to its first Literary Festival for local residents and those on Isle of Wight breaks, reports redfunnel.co.uk.

Big name authors such as Gyles Brandreth and Anneka Rice are set to appear at the festival, which will take place at Northwood House between October 12 and 14.

All profits from the event will be used for the upkeep of the historic building where the festival will take place.

Highlights include a reading by Richard and Judy favourite Patrick Gale, a renaissance music performance by Louise de Bernieres and author Rebecca Chance talking about her latest saucy novel.

There will also be talks from the authors – such as Cowes resident and actor Celia Imrie who will talk about her career on the Friday. A heated debate will also take place, which will discuss whether e-books or p-books are the future of the industry.

Events specifically aimed at children are also included in the festival – such as a cake decorating class with baking specialist Helen Nathan, ghost tales, a guided walk, a literary crossword and a short story competition.

Organisers told iwradio.co.uk: “With a remarkable literary heritage… and a well-established reputation as a festival venue, the Island is the perfect place to host a literary extravaganza and the weekend will include something for all the family.