Carol Ann Duffy is the first woman to hold the post of Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel are among the authors taking part in 2010's Bath Literature Festival.
Tickets for the nine-day event go on sale to the public on Monday 4 January.
The festival also specializes in topical debate and one-off events featuring writers and illustrators.
Forward Prize winner Don Paterson; A N Wilson; A S Byatt; Michael Frayn; Claire Tomlin and Rose Tremain are also scheduled to appear at the event.
Bath Literature Festival runs from 27 February to 7 March 2010.
Full details of the festival programme can be found on the
Bath Festivals website
the festivals' own website.