The festival returns in March 2019, having won its bid for funding from the Arts Council
The annual festival will run from 21-31 March 2019 with a theme of Memory and a programme that will include major names, author talks, panel discussions, workshops and performance poetry.
Festival director Michelle Hodgson (pictured) said: "We’re really thrilled to have been awarded an Arts Council grant again this year to support our 2019 Festival. There is a lot of competition for Arts Council funding, but we put forward a strong case, with a wide range of high-profile and community events.
"The grant brings important funding into the local economy, supporting printers, distributors, venues and local organisations, as well as established and emerging writers, poets and performers.
"The Festival also brings money into the town from outside visitors, which again benefits the local daytime and night-time economy.
The Festival began in 2006, and takes place annually in March, offering a diverse programme of events at venues across the town. The 2018 festival included events with Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Vine, Helen Pankhurst, Joanne Harris, Owen O’Neill, Lucy Mangan and Annabel Pitcher.