Former leader of the Conservative Party William Hague heads a list of famous names attending Folkestone's third literary festival.
William Hague is attending Folkestone Literary Festival
He is discussing his new biography of William Pitt the Younger at the launch of the festival on Monday.
Another highlight of the opening day is the announcement of one of the country's largest literary prizes.
The £20,000 Saga Award for Wit is for writers over 50 and nominees include Deborah Moggach and John Walsh.
One of the judges, TV and radio personality Gyles Brandreth, will give a talk after the prize-giving.
Authors John Mortimer and Nina Bawden and Poet Laureate Andrew Motion are also attending the five-day festival, run by the Metropole Arts Centre Trust.