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    Emily Wright and The Royals - Friday 23rd September

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    Janet Ellis - Saturday 24th September

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    Stella West-Harling - Sunday 25th September

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    Martin Roberts - Sunday 25th September

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    Nick Arnold - Sunday 25th September

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    Alan Johnson - Monday 26th September

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    Allan Mallinson - Tuesday 27th September

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    Alexander McCall Smith - Tuesday 27th September

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    Michael Morpurgo - Tuesday 27th September

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    John Wright - Wednesday 28th September

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    Penny Junor - Thursday 29th September

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    Paddy Ashdown - Thursday 29th September

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    Harrry Baker - Friday 30th September

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    Harrry Parker - Friday 30th September

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    Val McDermid - Saturday 1st October

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    Christopher Biggins - Saturday 1st October

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    Jeremy Vine - Sunday 2nd October

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    Ann Widdecombe - Sunday 2nd October


Our 10th Anniversary Programme is now live and tickets are on sale for all events. The Festival programme kicks off on Friday 23rd September with Emily Wright & The Royals a fabulous swing band from Bristol. Each weekend we have a range of children’s events including pop-up book making, the fabulous Squashbox Theatre and creative writing with Rebecca Alexander. The Plough Youth Theatre will round off the children’s programme with an interactive James & The Giant Peach workshop in recognition of Roald Dahl’s 100th Anniversary. We also have some free storytelling events with Martin Roberts and Merlin; tickets are limited to these events so be sure to save a place and sign up quick.

With a record number of author events available this year, we’re sure you will find something to inspire your love of literature. Some old friends are returning such as Ann Widdecombe, Michael Morpurgo, Paddy Ashdown and Penny Junor. We have debut authors like Janet Ellis and Harry Parker and some first time guests like Christopher Biggins, Alexander McCall Smith, Alan Johnson and Val McDermid. Local Devon authors also feature heavily in this year’s line-up including Peter Christie, Simon Dawson, Todd Gray, Veronica Henry, Liz Shakespeare to name a few. The Beaver and The Champ are also hosting many free music events throughout the festival period for you to make the most of your visit to Appledore.

To our patrons Judi Spiers, Jeremy Vine and Nick Arnold, thank you for your ongoing guidance and support we are absolutely delighted that you will be here with us to celebrate this milestone anniversary. To our volunteers and local community, thank you for making Appledore Book Festival unique in its welcome and enthusiasm for all of our visiting authors and our festival guests.

To everyone we offer a warm WELCOME and the opportunity to write another chapter in the story of our amazing book festival.

The Festival Team