Appledore Book Festival is literary feast

Don’t miss a variety of events from readings and talks to music and poetry from Saturday, September 24 to October 2

A feast of literary related fun, fascination and intrigue is on offer from this Saturday as the popular Appledore Book Festival returns with a huge variety of events in and around the village.

The annual festival was started in 2006 by a committee led by local children’s author Nick Arnold, borne on a desire to save Appledore Library from closure.

Since then the event has gone from strength-to-strength and has the aim of spreading a love of reading and learning in North Devon, focusing especially on Appledore and what it has to offer.

Novelists, historians, broadcasters, poets and playwrights are among those who descend on the village for the eight day event, from household names to first time authors keen to make their mark.

Already sold out for this year are the headliners Peter Sissons and Ann Widdecombe, but Saturday also sees actor Joss Ackland talking to presenter Judy Spiers at St Mary’s Church from 6-7pm.

On Sunday war reporter, MP and ambassador Martin Bell will be holding court at the church from 8-9pm.

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Crime novelist Nicola Upson will be at St Mary’s Hall on Monday from 6-7pm, followed at 8 by the Right Royal Variety Show from The Estuary Theatre Group.

There is music too, with jazz from Tommaso Starace & Craig Milverton at Appledore Hall on Monday from 9pm.

Local authors include former mayor and historian Andy Powell at the Baptist Chapel on Saturday from 8-9pm, talking about Sir Richard Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, which disappeared after setting off for the new World in 1587.

Trevor Hill talks about school days and his book From Grammar to Park at St Mary’s Hall on Monday from 4-5pm.

There is even the opportunity to catch readers while they’re young with Tanya Landman’s Pre-school Storytime at Appledore Library at 10am and 2pm on Sunday.

Dozens more events are taking place at venues around Appledore throughout the next week – visit the festival website on for full details.

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