Monday, September 30, 2013
Appledore Book Festival 2013 is well under way, with sell out crowds and delight from headline authors.
THE seventh Appledore Book Festival kicked off on Friday and has already proved a hit with festival-goers and celebrity authors alike.
After entertaining sell-out crowds during a busy weekend, festival patron and broadcaster Jeremy Vine was full of praise for the event: “This is the best book festival in the world, it has the best welcome, the nicest people, and it’s just wonderful.”
It was the BBC radio and television presenter’s first appearance at the festival since becoming its new patron.
He added: “There’s a great line-up of authors this year and that’s a great testament to festival director Brenda Daly’s work and all of the volunteers.
“It takes a while for people to spread the word that Appledore is the place to come and I think that is now happening, which is great. “
Jeremy so enjoyed the festival and his stay in the North Devon port on his first visit last year that he was determined to return, so when asked if he wanted to be a patron, he accepted straight away.
The festival was launched on Friday with a rousing concert by Chivenor Military Wives Choir and the Appledore Silver Band, with proceeds from the event split between the Choir Foundation and the festival.
Choir member Sarah Matthews said: “I sang last year and the audience was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoy it and love the comradeship that has developed between us ladies.
“Joining the choir might be alien to a lot of people at first but what’s actually behind it is more the fact that if your husband is away you’ve got someone to turn to. You’re not on your own.”
The festival continues throughout this week and runs until Sunday (October 6).
Events today (Monday) include Michael Henderson and Iris Jones Simantel in conversation with Julie Summers, author of When the Children Came Home, who will be interviewing them about their experiences as evacuees in the Second World War. It is at St Mary’s Hall from 4pm.
Also today at the Baptist Chapel at 6pm, author Carole Seymour-Jones will be talking about her book She Landed By Moonlight, about female secret agent Pearl Witherington’s parachute drop her behind enemy lines during World War Two.
Plus there is free live jazz at the Beaver Inn with the Martin Speake Trio from 8.30pm.
Tickets are available at the festival box office in Docton Court Gallery, Myrtle Street, Appledore or by calling 01237 424949. Visit www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk to book tickets, find out what’s on and much more about the festival.
* CLICK on the gallery links to the top right of this page to view more pictures by festival photographer Sarah Gallifent.