DUNFERMLINE'S Outwith Festival will boast tales from a former Prime Minister and art from across the world as it gets underway next week.

Gordon Brown, whose appearance is already sold-out, is one of the big names heading for the celebration, which takes place from Wednesday, September 6.

Other highlights include Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson, Channel 4 star Sean Logan, film director Andrew Cumming and award-winning poet and performer Kevin P. Gilday.

The all-day music event on Saturday, September 9, will see critically acclaimed Steve Mason, one of the founding members of The Beta Band, take to the stage alongside The Joy Formidable and Dunfermline's Kirsten Adamson.

Dunfermline Press: The Joy Formidable feature in this year's Outwith Festival.The Joy Formidable feature in this year's Outwith Festival. (Image: Outwith Festival)

For the first time Outwith will host an international piece of performance art featuring Manana Inciertos’, meaning Uncertain Tomorrows, a network of artists and curators from Dunfermline, London, Berlin and Bilbao.

This will include three live shows including body casting, sculptures and video projections on Thursday, September 7.

American baroque violinist Benjamin Shute will play Bach’s collection of sonatas and partitas, which are rarely heard in their entirety, from memory at Dunfermline Abbey with audiences able to pop in and out throughout the performance on the Saturday.

There will also be a chance to catch up with legendary tour manager Kim Hawes as she discusses her memoir featuring some of the world's most notorious rock stars, from Motorhead to Black Sabbath.

That event will take place on Friday, September 8.

New for this year will be a series of food and foraging events in Pittencrieff Park with food writer and expert Wendy Barrie while workshops on offer include a make-up masterclass with BBC's Glow Up winner Yong-Chin Marika Breslin and a sitcom writing class with Steve Lawrence, who is part of the BBC Comedy Room.

During the music all-day Saturday audiences can see more than 35 acts in seven city centre venues for a single ticket price of £30 plus booking fee.

Tickets for events throughout the festival are available at www.outwithfestival.co.uk.