Meet ‘Boycie’, Fiona Phillips and many more authors at village’s popular feast of all things about books.

THE sixth Appledore Book Festival continues this week with a range of literary themed events.

The festival runs until Sunday and there are still plenty of notable local and national authors to meet, including television presenter Fiona Phillips, actor turned author John Gordon Sinclair and John Challis – better known as Boycie from Only Fools and Horses.

This Wednesday (October 3) is a day of workshops in the village, with a Women’s Commercial Fiction workshop at Appledore House, Writing Fiction for children at the Baptist Hall and an Illustration Workshop at St Mary’s Hall.

St Mary’s Hall also hosts a poetry evening entitled Darkness and Light tonight from 8pm.

On Thursday, Professor Helen Taylor asks ‘How and Why do Women Read Books?’ at the Blue Lights Hall from 11am, while at 4pm journalist, broadcaster and author Rosie Millard talks about her book Bonne Vacances - A Crazy Family Adventure in the French Territories, in St Mary’s Hall.

At 6pm, Lesley-Ann Jones discusses her books Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography and Ride a White Swan: The Lives and Death of Marc Bolan, held in St Mary’s Church.

On Friday at St Mary’s Church from 6pm Fiona Phillips will be discussing her book Before I forget – A Daughter’s Story with Radio Devon’s Judi Spiers, about her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

On Saturday John Gordon Sinclair reveals his crime novel Seventy Times Seven in Appledore Baptist Chapel at 4pm, while ‘Only Fools’ John Challis presents his book Being Boycie from 6pm at St Mary’s Church.

A Book Fair runs from 10.30am-4pm on Sunday at Appledore Hall from 12 noon, journalist, feminist and foodie Rosie Boycott talks about her career, while at St Mary’s Hall from 4pm Sue Hennessy introduces her book Hidden Depths: Women of the RNLI.

See the full festival programme at www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk or call the box office on 01237 424949.