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In the world of literary festivals, the Isle of Wight is a relative newcomer having had its inaugural launch in 2012. It is now a fully established literary festival in its own right, with an extremely popular Youth Programme added to the line up 3 years ago.

The literary festival takes place from 12th to 15th October on the Isle of Wight, famous for its annual music festival and Osborne House, the favourite home of Queen Victoria and the setting for the film Victoria and Abdul.

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Among the fantastic line up of speakers this year are:

Andrew Marr, presenter of the BBC Sunday morning Andrew Marr Show. Marr started his career as a journalist for The Scotsman newspaper before joining The Economist and later he became the political editor and then editor of The Independent. With a love of politics, he then became the BBC's political editor and has been quoted as saying, "Verbally, I'm quite fast on my feet. I could embarrass or anger most people if I wanted to." Here's hoping he plays nice with us on the Isle of Wight.

Jenni Murray, known to most people as the presenter of BBC R4's Woman's Hour, a title she has held for over 20 years, and who famously asked the then junior health minister, Edwina Currie, when she last had a smear test. Jenni will be discussing her new bok, A History of Britain in 21 Women. In the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2011 she became a Dame and is easily recognisable by her no nonsense black leggings, black top and coloured scarf over her shoulder.

The historian and author Tracy Borman will be revealing details about her latest publication, The Private Lives of the Tudors. Tracy is joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and an author of a number of highly acclaimed books including Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen.

For the walkers among you, Christopher Somerville will take you on a walking trip through the seasons around Britain.

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Aspiring authors will have a chance to have an interactive chat with the publishing team, where leading literary agent Caroline Sheldon and social media and PR expert, Krissy Lloyd will inspire you with expert advice and tips on how to get your manuscript noticed.

In the youth zone, which isn't exclusively just for children, Jake Rodriguez will take everyone on a journey with his musical rendition of Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat and a puppet performance of Peter Rabbit. You will be able to journey with Marianne Su-Yin on a mystery adventure On the Trail of the Missing Pets and in the Big Daddy Dome you can take part in a free workshop of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe but only if you're 9 years or older.

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With over 40 events, talks and performances taking place over the weekend, there are too many to mention them all here. So whether you want to make a bunny mask, find out who lost Russia, or here about the British fiasco in Norway, head over to their website for more details and booking.

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As a bonus, Red Funnel ferries are offering discounts on ferry crossings from Southapmton, between 11th and 16th October, for both the hi-speed passenger service and the car ferry, so there's no need to squash your visit into just one day - stay a while and enjoy the diamond isle.
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Why? Mingle with the authors on the beautiful Isle of Wight
When: 12th to 15th October all day
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Where: Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes, PO1 8AZ
Cost: See Website for prices; some events are free.
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