Crossword-setter LR aka Liam Runnalls has created another delightfully perplexing literary crossword just for our Festival puzzlers. 

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NB: ? denotes cryptic clue

Across

5 Jane Harper novel adapted to a hit film (3,3)

7 Australian author of the Tomorrow young adult novel series (7)

9 Pork edges trimmed by healthy author George? (6)

10 One-wheeled vehicle (8)

11 Secretly plotting (10)

12 Cockney locks something in a ball? (3)

13 Australian author of The Secret River and The Idea of Perfection (4,9)

17 Edgar Allan ... (3)

18 Dockers (10)

20 Went after (8)

21 Novel I rewrote about what little monkey saw? (2,4)

22 Inspiring speech, by a coach perhaps (3,4)

23 Australian-born, Dublin-based writer McInerney (6)

Down

1 Literary sleuth Holmes (8)

2 Mathematical snakes? (6)

3 Weeping (6)

4 Branched horn (6)

6 Shouting (7)

7 Writer-illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are (7,6)

8 Dr Wally moulded plaster? (7)

14 Novel by Christos Tsiolkas made into a TV series (3,4)

15 Country whose flag is a yellow star on a red background (7)

16 Small end of a telescope (8)

17 Punctual; cue (6)

18 “Why does that matter!” (2,4)

19 Novel by M. L. Stedman. The Light Between ... (6)