Boswell Book Festival organisers have announced an action-packed weekend for this year's event.

This year's festival will take place at Dumfries House from May 12-14 in what is looking set to be excellent weekend.

Boswell Book Festival is the world’s only book festival dedicated to biography and memoir, and is named in honour of the great biographer James Boswell, the first festival was in 2011.

Tickets are now on sale for this year's festival, with some amazing guests being announced for the weekend.

Gogglebox’s Mary and Giles will be appearing at the festival. As will Troon-born commentator, Andrew Cotter - accompanied by his famed Labradors Olive and Mabel.

Cumnock Chronicle: Gogglebox’s Mary and GilesGogglebox’s Mary and Giles (Image: Boswell Book Festival)

New Cumnock's celebrity hairdresser, Sam McKnight, will also be appearing at the star-studded weekend.

Actor Neil Pearson will show off some of the great work of the late Alan Rickman.

The Children’s Festival will also take place in the grounds of Dumfries House on May 13 and 14 with many opportunities for younger readers of all ages to become involved in events on both days.

Festival director Caroline Knox is delighted to be welcoming so many well-known names to this year's event.

Cumnock Chronicle: Troon’s Andrew Cotter, with Labradors Olive and MabelTroon’s Andrew Cotter, with Labradors Olive and Mabel (Image: Boswell Book Festival)

She said: "This year’s festival brims with tales of extraordinary lives past and present.

“From refugees from the Ukraine now settled in Ayr to the historical adventures of Flora Macdonald and Mary Queen of Scots to household names such Gogglebox’s Mary and Giles and actor Neil Pearson who will bring to life the diaries of the great, late Alan Rickman."

“Taking place during a month of royal celebration, the festival is also staging an unforgettable event for all the family,” Knox added.

“We are welcoming magical storyteller of War Horse fame, Michael Morpurgo to talk about his latest book, The Boy who would be King – a poetic celebration to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.”

The Festival Organisers would like to thank His Majesty The King for making a substantial donation to support the Festival through his charitable fund, the PWCF.

Many of the events will also be live-streamed.

Tickets and further information is available on the Boswell Book Festival website.