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A very warm welcome to the 2014 Appledore Book Festival. Now in its eighth year, the Festival continues to attract world-class writers and speakers. Amongst others joining us this year are Penny Junor, Lord David Owen, Fay Weldon, Michael Morpurgo and Richard Madeley. Jeremy Vine in his capacity as festival patron returns to Appledore to interview some inspiring authors from different walks of life. From talks to workshops and ‘in conversation with’ sessions, to music, theatre and poetry you will be spoilt for choice.

In honour and celebration of the life of the world famous author Maya Angelou who passed away in May of this year, we will be showing a film of an inspiring interview she did with Benjamin Zephaniah at the Hay Literary Festival in 2002.

I am delighted to announce that Professor Helen Taylor of Exeter University accepted our invitation earlier in the year to be one of our festival patrons. Helen will be joining us again this year to chair some author sessions as well as talking about her own book.

In our continued quest to support debut authors, the New Voices panel once again introduces talented and interesting writers heading for stardom.

If you have ever wondered how to get your book published, now is the time to start getting your questions ready. Our expert panel, including an author, literary agent and publisher will answer your questions and impart their wisdom.

The schools programme continues to go from strength to strength, with a week-long schedule of children’s authors visiting schools throughout North Devon. More information can be found in the schools programme section of the brochure.

Friends of the ABF continue to benefit from a wide range of offers and it’s not too late to join to make the most of what’s available this year.

My gratitude goes to Judith Westcott for allowing the Festival to use her magnificent artwork for this year’s cover. Limited edition copies of the artwork are available. Details can be found at: www.judithwestcott.co.uk.

Finally, my sincere thanks go to all our sponsors, supporters, publishers, patrons, the ABF Committee and to all our volunteers without whom we would not be able to produce this remarkable ten-day event. I look forward to you being a part of it.

With very warm wishes

Brenda Daly, Festival Director

"Thank you for a terrific time and such warm hospitality"

Peter Sissons

"I’m so glad to be here in dazzling sun, breathing in sea air and making friends"

Josceline Dimbleby

"Great Festival, such lovely people & so well organised. What a line up!"

Julia Churchill

"There is no friend as loyal as a book."

Ernest Hemingway

"Lovely place, lovely festival, wonderful audience."

Penny Vincenzi

Short Story Competition

Short Story Competition

Open to budding young writers aged 16 and under

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