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Revealed: More big names announced for Appledore Book Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:40 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 17 July 2017

Appledore Book Festival 2017 takes place from September 22 until September 30.

Appledore Book Festival 2017 takes place from September 22 until September 30.

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Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards and crime writer Ian Rankin in line-up for this year’s festival, from September 22-30.

Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Contributed Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Contributed

More big-name authors have been announced for this year’s Appledore Book Festival.

The full line-up will also be announced on Friday but the Gazette can reveal that crime writers Ian Rankin and Ann Cleeves will be among the line-up for this year’s festival, from September 22 until September 30.

Channel 5 news presenter Sian Williams will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Jeff Overs Channel 5 news presenter Sian Williams will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Jeff Overs

Other names announced this week include former Radio One DJ Andy Kershaw, Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, and Channel 5 news presenter Sian Williams.

As revealed in last week’s Gazette, they will be joined by Jeremy Paxman, who will be in conversation with his former Newsnight colleague, book festival patron Jeremy Vine.

Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Contributed Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Contributed

Tickets to this year’s festival go on sale to Friends of Appledore Book Festival on Friday to the general public on July 24.

The festival, now in its 11th year and run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, will feature more than 70 events, including literary legends, inspirational celebrities, screenwriters, chefs, poets, musicians, artists and some fantastic workshops.

Crime writer Ann Cleeves will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Micha Theine Crime writer Ann Cleeves will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Micha Theine

Festival director Miche Tompkins said: “The reputation of our festival continues to grow and we are delighted to attract a stellar line-up once again.

“It’s a great event for North Devon; we attract more than 5,000 people into the local area from all over the South West and further afield, extending the season for local businesses.”

Jeremy Vine will be coming to Appledore Book Festival. Picture: Francesco Guidicini Jeremy Vine will be coming to Appledore Book Festival. Picture: Francesco Guidicini

A schools programme will take place from October 9-13, with 17 published authors visiting 30 North Devon schools and libraries.

Miche added: “Our aim is a simple one: to increase the enjoyment of reading and encourage creative writing through providing access to inspirational events.”

former Radio One DJ Andy Kershaw will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Contributed former Radio One DJ Andy Kershaw will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival, which runs from September 22 until September 30. Picture: Contributed

For more information and details about how to buy tickets, visit appledorebookfestival.co.uk

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