Three top names have been added to the line-up for this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival.

Costa Novel award-winning Northern Irish author Maggie O’Farrell, political powerhouse Dame Shirley Williams and Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne  will appear.

The full Festival programme will include more than 220 events across 20 venues, over 17 days from October 4 to 20, 2013.

Priority booking for Friends of the Festival opens from August 12 to 21. Booking opens for the public opens on August 27.