Irvine’s Tidelines book festival is set to kick off in person for the first time in three years later this month.

The festival will be running between Friday, September 23 and Sunday, September 25 at the Harbour Arts Centre (HAC).

Interviews with authors, poetry readings, storytelling and drama workshops for young children, and live music are all on offer for visitors.

Kicking off the festival, Stuart Cosgrove will be discussing his new book Hey America!, looking at the connections that have built up over the years between soul music and the White House with Ayrshire writer David Ross, followed by music from Scottish Jazz Awards Best Vocalist 2020, Kitti.

Across Saturday and Sunday, local children’s entertainment company Moxie is running storytelling and drama workshops for two to nine year-olds based around Paddington and The BFG.

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Non-fiction authors Leonie Charlton, Catherine Simpson, Iain Cameron, Clare Hunter, and Jennifer Morag Henderson will also be there to talk about their work on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday evening romantic fiction author Jenny Colgan will discuss her new book An Island Wedding, while Ayrshire writers Tracy Patrick, Michael Malone, and Morven Gow will discuss their work alongside local writer and tutor David McLaughlan.

The It’s a Crime event on Sunday will see Scottish writers Caro Ramsay, Gordon Brown and Olga Wojtas join to talk about crime fiction.

To close the event, performance poet Imogen Stirling will perform her poetry collection Love the Sinner, accompanied by a live musician.

Flexible ticket prices have been introduced between £6-10.