THERE is plenty in store for book lovers this weekend as the highly-anticipated Hexham Book Festival comes back around.

During the event, which will take place in the Queen’s Hall, best-selling author Luke Jennings will discuss his second novel in the thriller Killing Eve, which is now a major TV show on BBC.

He is just one of the dozens of authors who will attend the festival, which will have events catered to readers of all genres, at events running from Friday to Sunday.

TV treasure and judge on The Great British Bake Off Prue Leith will join the line-up, and will speak with audiences about her new romance novel The Lost Son, the third and final book in the Angelotti trilogy.

Meanwhile Guardian columnist and writer Lucy Mangan will also be in attendance, discussing her memoir Bookworm, and the pivotal role which reading and books played in her life.

Local farmer, Sally Urwin, will discuss the rewards and challenges of life on her farm High House Farm in Matfen – the topic of her debut book A Farmer’s Diary.

And the face of Spring Watch and Countryfile Kate Humble will be hosting a talk about her life working closely with animals and wildlife, as well as a discussion about Genetically Modified (GM) foods with environmental author Mark Lynas. There will be plenty to keep younger readers interested too.

A performance from Michael Rosen, one of the UK’s most-loved children’s writers and poets, will feature alongside a book cover competition for all ages and events covering Harry Potter to dinosaurs and storytelling for little ones.

The festival runs until May 5.