Top writers will be coming to Hanley Castle for the UK's only literary festival dedicated solely to military history.

The event at Severn End, on Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, will look at fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Agincourt to modern-day Afghanistan, and covering warfare on land, at sea and in the air.

Key speakers include Lord Paddy Ashdown on Hitler, Sir Max Hastings on Vietnam, Damien Lewis on the SAS, Nicholas Shakespeare and Andrew Roberts on Churchill and Adam Zamoyski on Napoleon.

Historians will also take part in a series of panels, on subjects including the English Civil Wars, 19th Century colonial wars, World War One, World War Two and post-1945 wars and insurgencies.

There will also be a panel of novelists discussing the challenges of writing fiction based on historical events and characters. All the talks and panels will be followed by book signings and opportunities for the audience to meet the authors.

Full details and booking options can be found at