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City literary festival under way

Ian Rankin
Scottish author Ian Rankin is among those attending the festival

Thousands of book lovers are expected in Dundee over the next four days for the city's Literary Festival.

The event is featuring authors like Ian Rankin, Rosamunde Pilcher and James Kelman. Designer Vivienne Westwood has already made an appearance.

There will also be workshops on creative writing, getting work published and writing for TV.

The festival will be concluded by an event dedicated to comics, which will examine their past, present and future.

'Love reading'

This is the second time the festival has been held in Dundee.

Director Anna Day said: "There aren't that many literary events in Dundee so we just didn't know whether people were going to be interested and they absolutely were.

"People have this view of Dundee that we don't enjoy culture in maybe the same way as Edinburgh, but it's not true - Dundonians love reading.

"We've got the highest level of book buying in Scotland, so people do love books and I think it is shown because it's a really well supported event."

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