Welcome to the ninth Appledore Book Festival 2015
There has been an exciting new addition to the line-up – Vince Cable on Sunday 4th October at 6pm.
We have a wonderful line-up of guest speakers this year starting with Nicholas Parsons CBE who will be in conversation with Festival Patron Judi Spiers. We also welcome amongst others: Vince Cable, Terry Waite CBE, Ann Widdecombe, Pam St Clement, Martin Bell OBE, Dom Joly, Patrick Gale, Tony Hawks and Elkie Brooks. From talks and panel discussions to music and workshops, a wonderful ten days lie ahead.
There is a varied programme of events from talks and writing workshops to panel discussions, theatre and music. We welcome back Festival patron Professor Helen Taylor to chair this year’s New Voices panel and for the first time, Alyson Hallett joins us as poet in residence.
Our schools programme continues to thrive, with a week-long schedule of children’s authors visiting schools throughout North Devon.
My gratitude goes to Roger Ford for allowing the Festival to use his magnificent artwork for this year’s cover. Roger’s paintings can be viewed at www.westgallery.co.uk
I am sorry that Festival Patron, Jeremy Vine is unable to join us this year, but I would like to thank him for his continued support throughout the year.
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 and seeing you there.
With very warm wishes
Brenda Daly, Festival Director
A Message from Jeremy Vine, ABF Patron
Absolutely and completely gutted. Sick as a parrot. Miserable as a LibDem on election night. Ah, Appledore friends, that only goes a quarter-way to describing my reaction to being absent from this year’s festival. Since I rather rashly pinned my colours to the mast a few years back – declaring Appledore the best literary festival in the world, with Hay a distant second – I have tried to help Brenda out with some sessions and guests. But this year I have been the victim of a diary clash of such epic proportions that I am thinking it could be the basis for a 700-page novel.
Leaving that to one side, I just wanted to wish you well with the Book Festival. By the way, the event is not only what the brilliant Brenda and her team lay on in the venues we all know so well. It’s all of you! If you are local to Appledore in any way (we’re talking ten-mile radius here), you should greet and welcome the interviewers and authors like old friends when you see them walking around. That makes them feel far more famous than they really are, and far more welcome than they do at any of the other festivals. Which makes them come back; and, even more important, report back. To friends and colleagues and other authors. And thus the festival gets better and better. So if you see a lost author, congratulate them on their book and point them to their hotel. It makes it personal; and it makes all the difference.
Have a great time.