THE "world of words" will be celebrated when a South Lakeland town hosts its first-ever literary festival.

Tidelines Literary Festival will take place at Grange-over-Sands this coming weekend (Aug 17-18).

Organisers say they have an exciting line-up and there will be activities that people of all ages and families can enjoy.

Saturday will begin with a Flamingo Fiesta celebrating 20 years of Usborne's 'That's Not My' books. Families are invited to create their own flamingo art to add to the party atmosphere.

There will also be a Moon Base poetry competition for seven to 11-year-olds commemorating 50 years since the lunar landing. Astronomer Stuart Atkinson will also be bringing along a piece of the Moon to the event.

Throughout the day there will be a hubbub of activities from artist Penny Hillier Evans who will be running a mixed media collage workshop featuring fabric, paint, collage and stitch.

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Nationally known professional book binder and conservator, Helen Golding Miller will be running free workshops, and there will be giant crosswords, 'Make Your Mark' Loesje poster workshops for teenagers and a "living library" of interesting people sharing their life stories in a one-to-one session.

On the main stage, Matt Sowerby, an award-winning young poet, will perform his debut show 'Kidz Theez Dayz' in anticipation of his slot at Greenbelt, where he will talk passionately about the negative effects of climate change.

Local author Katie Hale will be promoting her book 'My Name is Monster' with a question and answer session to follow. The evening will begin with a spoken word, open mic slot where budding writers are welcomed to take to the stage and share their words proceeded by a short story slam led by Garry Cook. Potential novelists are sought to sign up for the 200-word competition.

The headline act on Saturday is the comedic Kate Fox from the Radio 4 comedy series The Price of Happiness and recent hit show Where There's Muck There's Bras. She will do a stand-up poetry set with a thought-provoking take on the north.

On Sunday renowned children's story teller Linda Hampton will transport young ones into a fantasy world of words and the living library will continue throughout the day.

In the evening comedian Tony Vino will entertain, followed by a Gospel choir from London to close the festival.

Follow the Instagram page @tidelines_grange to keep up to date with the festival plans.