The Malpas Arts and Literary Festival returns for its sixth year later this month.

Organisers promise an ‘exciting’ line-up of artists and performers for the annual event which runs from May 19-22, including some male cast members of Hollyoaks who will be taking part in a charity cricket match, author Philip Gooden and celebrated theatre director Loveday Ingram.

Legendary author and broadcaster Henry Blofeld will be commentating on the cricket game and will be available afterwards to sign copies of his books.

The festival opens with an art exhibition in the Jubilee Hall and a performance of the village play by The Festival Players’ of A Dress in the Afternoon which was written by award-winning Malpas writer John Oakden.

Elsewhere during the weekend, art students from Bishop Heber High School will be showcasing their work for the exhibition which has always proved popular in the past and a performance from Welsh mezzo soprano Sioned Terry in St Oswald’s Church is also on the bill.

Author Philip Gooden

Author Philip Gooden will be talking about his books Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule, The Word at War and his Shakespearian Murder Mysteries at a Literary Lunch.

A full line up with dates and times is available at Tickets are available from Barlows on Malpas High Street, Malpas and on the website or by calling 07896 235645.