OLYMPIC swimmers, radio presenters, authors and historians will all feature in this year's Wolds Words Festival.
The event, now in its 11th year, has long been established as a highlight in the autumn calendar with events taking place across Louth, Alford, Skegness, Wainfleet, Horncastle, Wragby, Spilsby, Woodhall Spa and Sutton on Sea.
The five-day event gets under way on October 17 with a celebration of Lincolnshire created for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad by Cultural Solutions UK, called Golden Fables.
The timeless, multimedia poetic drama includes specially-written Fables by nationally respected poets and will launch Wolds Words at 7.30pm at the Riverhead Theatre in Louth.
Leader of East Lindsey District Council, who have developed the festival, Councillor Doreen Stephenson, said: "For over a decade, Wolds Words has showcased incredible talent; entertaining crowds and attracting writers and performers of the highest calibre.
"This year is no different. Once again, this year's programme is a thrilling fusion of familiar names, up and coming authors, hands-on workshop sessions and much, much more.
"This unique festival offers East Lindsey residents a chance to get involved with a successful, exciting and fruitful festival."
On Saturday, October 20, the Riverhead Theatre will host An Evening with Mark Foster from 7.30pm.
The Olympic swimmer, former world record holder and flag-bearer for Team GB at the Beijing Olympics, will be interviewed by ITV4 sport presenter and former England cricketer Isa Guha and Mark will provide insights into his career, life and be available for questions and answers from the audience.
Tickets are £10 adults and £5 juniors (under 14).
Other festival highlights include a down-to-earth perspective on our countryside, when BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Alan Stennett gives an illustrated talk on 100 Years of Lincolnshire Farming and an evening of 'hentertayunment' by East Lincolnshire Dialect Society, Far Welter'd, with a Lincolnshire buffet.
Of course the event organisers couldn't let Charles Dickens' Bicentenary year go unmarked either and a special Dickens evening will take place at the Riverhead Theatre on October 19 from 7pm.
Spilsby Library has even created a First and Last Lines Quiz, which tests how well they entrants know first and last lines from classic and popular novels. Sheets cost 50p each and can be bought at the Library, on West End. The closing date is 1pm on October 20.
For more details and information on how to book festival events, visit www.woldswords.org.uk or pick up a copy of the Wolds Words brochure from festival venues, libraries and local shops.