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Check out the highlights at this year's Dundee Literary Festival

Check out the highlights at this year's Dundee Literary Festival

Internationally-acclaimed authors, world-leading graphic novel artists and blockbuster actors are heading to Dundee.

It can only mean one thing - Dundee Literary Festival is back.

Always a highlight of Dundee's calendar, the Literary Festival is the city's premier event for book lovers and regularly attracts visitors from all over the UK.

With 47 different talks, readings, workshops and other events planned, this year's outing is sure to be no different and, given the eclectic mix of heavyweight names already involved, it could be one of the most popular festival to date.

The five-day festival's full line-up will be revealed next week but scroll down to see some of the bigger names that have already confirmed their attendance.

As you'd expect, a number of the UK's leading authors have signed up to take part and Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit), Jackie Kay (Trumpet) and Janice Galloway (The Trick is to Keep Breathing) will all be making appearances.

Dave Gibbons, the award-winning artist who drew Alan Moore's comic classic Watchmen, will also be appearing at the festival.

He will mentor aspiring artists keen to emulate his success and, given Duncan of Jordanstone is one of the UK's best art colleges, it is easy to imagine there's a fair few who'll be interested in hearing from him.

Adding a little Hollywood star power, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz actor Nick Frost will be discussing his new memoir Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies.

While Great British Bake Off 2013 champion, Frances Quinn, will also be at the festival to discuss her first book which is all about, you guessed it, baking.

Dundee Literary Festival will also host a series of events highlighting fresh new voices in literature and workshops for aspiring writers.

The winner of the 2015 Dundee International Book Prize, a book competition which offers the UK's largest cash prize for unpublished authors, will also be announced.

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“This is our most diverse programme to date," said Peggy Hughes, the festival's programme manager.

"We’re delighted to be bringing such a strong line-up of established and emerging talent to Dundee.

“From brilliant writers like Jeanette Winterson and Jackie Kay, familiar faces from our screens like Nick Frost and Frances Quinn, to fantastic events designed to help writers of all levels realise their potential and ambitions there’s something for everyone across a huge variety of subjects.

"You’ve got no excuse for not getting along to the 2015 Dundee Literary Festival.”

The festival runs from Wednesday, October 21, to Sunday, October 25, but will kick off a few weeks earlier on Wednesday, October 7, with an event led by Jeanette Winterson.

Tickets can be bought online - but not until the the festival website goes live on Monday, September 14.

The full programme will officially be launched at events in Dundee and Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15 and 16, respectively.

Header picture: Literary Dundee.

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