THE countdown is on to this weekend’s second Dulverton Exmoor Literary Festival (November 18 and 19) when a host of celebrated authors, writers, and speakers descend on the town.

Among the star names taking part are Michael Morpurgo, William Sitwell, Janet Ellis, Rachel Johnson, Andrew Lownie, Sarah Turner, Catherine Ostler, and Albert Read.

A few tickets remain for some of the 10 author talks taking place across the weekend in Dulverton Town Hall.

Creative writing workshops for adults and children will also take place in Dulverton Library on Saturday afternoon, providing people with an opportunity to begin realising their dream of writing their first book.

Festival discussions will cover subjects such as the Westcountry’s lost railways, the truth behind Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson’s relationship, how to grow a vineyard in Britain’s climate, how embarking on an adventure is good for your wellbeing, and more.

Author Kate Lord Brown will again judge entries for the festival children’s writing competition with the winner and runners-up revealed on Sunday and being presented with their prizes by author, poet, playwright, and librettist Michael Morpurgo.

More than 500 tickets have been sold across the weekend and festival-goers have been advised not to leave it until the last minute to obtain their tickets in order to avoid any disappointment on the day.

The event has been sponsored by local businesses Tozers Solicitors, Amicus Law, Stockham Farm Exmoor, The Exclusive Cake Company, Exmoor Character Cottages, Exmoor News, Wellhayes Vineyard, First Design, Friendship and Sons, Hedley Price, Jeff Pegrum Landscaping, Maitland Walker, Osteo and Physio, Risdon Hosegood, The Sip Shed, Town Mills, Ware Construction, Winsbere House, The Bridge Inn Dulverton, James Pryce Tractors, Masons Kings, Rothwell and Dunworth, and Fabula Arts.

More information about the festival is available on the Visit Dulverton website here.