THE author of the latest Tarzan novel will be swinging in to North Devon tomorrow on Thursday (October 4) to visit local schools during the famous fictional ape mans centenary year. As part of the Appledore Book Festival schools programme, Andy Briggs will be visiting West Buckland School in the morning followed by Shebbear College in the afternoon. In October 1912 Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs was first published in All-Story Magazine and a legend was born. Andy Briggs is the author and official spokesman of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate in the UK and his new novel Tarzan: Jungle Warrior brings the tale into the 21st century. Tarzan has more perils to face now - warring rebels, poaching of endangered animals, illegal logging and the decline of the environment are all issues that resonate with younger audiences, he said. He combines untamed savagery and power with a deep morality and love for the environment which genuinely speaks to them, as does the perennial love story of Tarzan and Jane, although Jane now carries an iPod. The festival schools programme sees 14 top childrens authors visiting North Devon schools to meet students and staff, as well as offer readings and workshops for all age groups. The 10 day Appledore Book Festival concludes on Sunday and has featured talks and workshops by famous visiting authors, concerts, poetry, history walks and more. The full programme is available at www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk.