BARNSLEY’S first ever book festival is now in full swing.

The action-packed programme has already featured local poet Ian McMillan and upcoming events will see Milly Johnson, Craig Oldham and Andrew McMillan all on hand to answer residents’ questions.

The festival also offers a range of free activities for children and young people during the February half-term, including land art with James Brunt at Hoyland Library.

Coun Wendy Cain, cabinet spokesperson for public health and communities, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring Barnsley Book Festival to our residents and visitors with an ambitious and diverse programme.

“The festival has something for everyone, whether you’re a book lover, story maker, or just curious about the world of stories, and we hope that the festival will inspire, challenge and entertain the audiences.

“The Barnsley Book Festival will showcase some of the best local and national literature and art. Barnsley Libraries remain committed to transforming their offer and making art and culture more accessible to our local communities.”