It’s the 10th anniversary of Appledore Book Festival this year, and organisers are celebrating with a whole host of celebrity names.
Appledore Book Festival kicks off its 10th event on Friday (September 23).
Celebrities and authors including Christopher Biggins, Jeremy Vine, Alan Johnson and Paddy Ashdown will all be part of the week-long festival.
On Sunday, the festival is holding a promotional day with a 10 per cent discount on some of its top events.
First on the list is Stella West-Harding MBE, a pioneer of organic cooking, who will be talking to festival patron Judi Spiers about her autobiography at 12.30pm.
A Cook’s Book described the hard life she led post-war Britain, before setting up the hugely successful Ashburton Cookery School.
Judi will also be interviewing actor, humourist and writer Chris Biggins, award-winning chef Mitch Tonks, holocaust survivor Iby Knill and highly-acclaimed artist Alan Cotton during the festival.
She said: “I am really looking forward to my visit to Appledore. It’s a very special place and a very special week and a lovely atmosphere.
“There are some very high-brow festivals, with some very high-brow authors but the festival at Appledore is different.
“There are chick-lit authors, politicians, newscasters, celebrities and all kinds of other famous authors and events – something for everyone.”
Martin Roberts, presenter of TV’s Homes Under The Hammer, will part of the promotional deal with his event at 4pm.
He knows all there is to know about the UK property market and will be talking about his latest book, Making Money From Property.
The Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will come to a special climax this year on Sunday, October 2, with a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm.
The music will be performed by Festival Sinfonietta and narrated by romantic novelist Veronica Henry.
Veronica said: “I am so delighted and honoured to be narrating Peter and the Wolf at Appledore.
“It’s one of my favourite pieces of music and I have listened to it many times with my own children, so it is the perfect family event to end the Festival.”
The Appledore Book Festival runs from September 24 until October 2 and tickets can be bought online here or by phone at the Box Office 01237 424949.
To get the discount in both cases use the code ac-glas-25.