Penarth Literary Festival will return this weekend.

The festival will showcase a range of authors with a distinct focus on Welsh identity and culture.

The nine-day festival, organised by Griffin Books, boasts a line-up of talks, signings, workshops, and seminars at venues across Penarth from June 15 to 23.

BBC Radio 6 presenter Huw Stephens will be in conversation with fellow broadcasting veteran, Bethan Elfyn, discussing his book Wales: 100 Records.

There will also be a chat featuring art historian Ceri Thomas, independent curator David Moore and art lecturer Stella Grace Lyons.

Emerging Welsh literary stars Joshua Jones, Elizabeth O'Connor, and Alex McCarthy will talk about their debut publications, significance of their connections to Wales and the importance of literary awards in the festival’s first Fiction Showcase.

Penarth's own Stephanie Matthews will use the festival as a platform to launch her new book, The Drummond Affair.

The work, co-authored with Daniel Smith, explores the gruesome murder of British government advisor Sir Jack Drummond and his family in 1952.

Clare Mackintosh and Rory Cellan-Jones are set to share their personal stories in the non-fiction events.

Children’s Laureate Wales, Alex Wharton, and novelist Sarah Todd Taylor are spearheading sessions for the younger crowd at the Makerspace in Penarth Library.

Griffin Books owner, Mel Griffin, said: "The Penarth Literary Festival coincides with Independent Bookshop Week which is celebrated across the UK, so it’s always a special time for us as a shop.

"Offering a platform for emerging writers and talent from Wales alongside household names is something we feel passionately about so we’re especially excited about year’s programme.

"We’re looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces at our events and hopefully bringing new people to the town too who are discovering the festival for the first time."

Attendees can also learn practical tips in a seminar by digital marketing expert Hannah Isted, and debut author Isabelle Schuler will introduce her historical novel Lady MacBethad.

The festival will close with the Poetry Showcase led by celebrated poets Katherine Stansfield, Clare E. Potter, Taz Rahman, and Rhian Elizabeth.

For more information or to book your tickets, pop into Griffin Books or visit the website.