FROM thrillers to children's favourites - there will be something for everyone at this year's Worcestershire Literary Festival which launches on Friday evening.

Organiser from Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe are putting together the finishing touches to the vibrant programme which will offer something for everyone.

Events will cover everything from the spoken word and poetry to chats with award winning authors and even walks and cookery demonstrations.

The festival will be heralded in by the crowning of the county's new poet laureate who will take over the reins from last year's winner Tim Cranmore from Malvern.

Finalists Bronwyn Durand, Louise Jones, Damon Lord, Fergus McGonigal, Claire Walker and Suz Winspear will be tentatively awaiting the announcement at The Guildhall on Friday from 7.30pm.

During the evening, the winners of the Young Writer and Flash Fiction competitions will be announced and later that evening, at 10.30pm, there will be the Midnight Moonlight Solstice Walk across The Old Hills, Callow End.

Over the next nine days, there will be events for all ages including the young and vibrant performers from Beetfreeks at Worcester Arts Workshop on Sunday, Michael Arnold's Stryker Civil War series at The Commandery on Monday and The Magic of Storytime for children at Tudor House, Friar Street, on Saturday, June 28.

Mike Harding, singer, author and broadcaster among many other things, will be performing an evening of poetry at Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath near Bromsgrove on Sunday while Michael W Thomas will launch his newest collection of poetry at Bindles, Sidbury on Tuesday afternoon.

Aspiring writers will be able to enjoy a number of workshops running throughout the festival including three sessions of Do You Have A Novel In You? at St Swithun's Institute and a poetry workshop with Polly Robinson and Amanda Bonnick on Friday, June 27.

For cookery book lovers there is a chance to pick up some top tips from chef Anita Sharma-James at Bindles on Friday, June 27 and there is a chance to meet steam poets and Bert Flitcroft at the Severn Valley Steam Railway on Thursday, June 26.

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