A BOOK festival is set to return to Stirling with a five-day programme.

Off the Page will see a wide range of authors, poets and speakers deliver talks and workshops in Stirling Council libraries and cultural venues.

Back for its 15th edition, the festival's theme for 2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories, a celebration of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland.

In-person events will run between May 24 and 28 and the festival will form part of a special programme of activities to mark 20 years since Stirling was given city status.

Stuart Oliver, Stirling Council's head of economic development and culture, said: “Off the Page is back with a bang for 2022, with a bumper five-day programme of events in venues throughout Stirling.

“Our staff have put together an exciting line-up of Scottish writing talent that will entertain, spark discussion and unleash people’s inner creativity.

“Following the challenges of the pandemic, it’s fantastic that major cultural festivals in Stirling are welcoming audiences back at such an important milestone in the city’s history. It’s another sign that Stirling is bouncing back and very much alive with culture.”

Organised by Stirling Council’s Libraries Service with support from the council’s Culture Team, Off the Page 2022 will offer something for everyone, including award-winning author, Claire Askew speaking about her latest book, A Matter of Time.

International best-selling crime writer Craig Robertson will also be discussing his latest novel, The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill.

Mr Oliver added: “This year’s jam-packed programme will showcase Scotland and Stirling’s fascinating stories to audiences and hopefully inspire more people in our communities and beyond to become storytellers themselves.

“A big thanks goes to our staff for organising the events and to everyone supporting the festival.

“We expect tickets to sell quickly, so please book early to avoid missing out.”

Click here to book tickets.