Belfast Book Festival

View the 2013 festival programme and plan your literary wanderings this June

The third Belfast Book Festival – which runs in the Crescent Arts Centre and other venues across the city until June 16 – boasts an impressive programme, glutted with big international names alongside the shiniest local talent from the broad world of words and literature.

More eclectic than ever, this year's festival includes film screenings, exhibitions, plays, family fun days as well the traditional author readings, talks and Q&As. View the full festival programme and discover events that will inspire readers of all ages and interests.

Festival Co-ordinator Hugh Odling-Smee said: 'We've got stellar writers from across the world, debates, launches, music, theatre, film and art all created to lure even the most unsuspecting into the magical world of books. If books create worlds to escape into, then we've tried to create one week where all of the city and its visitors can let their imaginations and creativity soar.'

Damian Smyth, of principle funder the Arts Council Northern Ireland, added: 'Belfast has long been famous as a city of readers and writers and the Belfast Book Festival perfectly captures the moods of invention and reflection and fun which only a book can excite. Reading is still a private and intimate joy, but when it goes ‘live’ on song, outdoors or on stage, this is where public funding rightly comes into its own.'

Visit the Belfast Book Festival website for more information.