FOUR unmissable literary events are coming to Beaminster Festival in June.

This year's event boasts a historical literary theme, with British writer Daisy Goodwin introducing Andrew Wilson, a renowned author who has worked with her on the Victoria television series. The pair will paint an ambitious portrait of Prince Albert on Monday, June 24.

Minette Walters will discuss her new novel on Tuesday, June 25. The Turn of Midnight takes audiences back to 1349 when the Black Death was continuing to plague England and the quarantined people of Develish, Dorsetshire were wondering if they were the only survivors in the country.

Popular author Victoria Hislop will then take to the stage on Wednesday, June 26, discussing her powerful new novel Those Who Are Loved. The story follows a family bitterly divided by politics, and is set in Greece against the backdrop of the German occupation, subsequent civil war and military dictatorship.

The literary events will conclude on a lighter note, with the witty and entertaining Histories of the Daybell taking place on Thursday, June 27. The show will demonstrate how how every object has a history and even the most unexpected subjects link together in unexpected ways.

All talks and events will begin at 2.30pm at St Mary's Church in Beaminster, and tickets cost £10, which can be purchased online or on the door.

The Beaminster Festival runs from June 22 to June 30, and features an exciting mix of music, theatre, art, dance and comedy. For more information, visit