CATE Haste, Dan Jones, Sonia Purnell and Rachel Reeves will be appearing at the 20th Knutsford Literature Festival next month.

The festival runs from October 12 to 16, and will be the last in what has become a highlight of the town’s autumn season.

The festival was organised as a one-off event for the Millennium, has featured many top-name authors and has showcased new young writers on the literary scene, often with their debut books.

“Although this festival will sadly be our last, this is a great milestone for us, and we want to celebrate all our successes and pleasures over the past 20 years,” said festival committee member Liz Kempster.

“We also want to thank our many festival-goers and Friends of the Festival who have supported us, some of them since the Millennium.

“We are proud to have played a small part in Knutsford’s long literary history.

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Cate Haste

“We will be having a short festival this year, with four great speakers and a celebratory Literary Lunch at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa.

“As usual there will be question and answer sessions and book signings at each event and opportunities to meet the authors.”

For full details of all the events, venues, tickets and how to book visit or pick up a programme from local libraries and branches of Waterstones.

Tickets can be booked by post, or are available from Waterstones in King Street, Knutsford.

Cate Haste will be speaking at Knutsford Methodist Church on Saturday, October 12, her talk entitled Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler.

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Cate looks beyond the men who were besotted with Alma and re-evaluates her legend and legacy.

Dan Jones will be speaking at Cottons Hotel and Spa on Sunday, October 13, on Crusaders – An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands.

The eminent historian will be introducing his latest book, a tale soaked in blood and peopled by extraordinary individuals.

Sonia Purnell will be at Knutsford Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 15, her talk entitled A Woman of No Importance.

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Sonia will be revealing the outstanding double life of Virginia Hall, an American-turned British spy in the Second World War.

The festival ends with a talk by Rachel Reeves at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa on Wednesday, October 16, entitled Women of Westminster: The MPS who changed politics. At the Literary Lunch Rachel will be celebrating the trailblazers who changed the face of power.