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    This year ABF is celebrating its 10 year anniversary

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    Judi Spiers Festival Patron, will interview Mitch Tonks & Stella West-Harling

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    Jeremy Vine Festival Patron, will join us Friday 30th September – 2nd October


Spring must be on its way as Mr Hocking’s ice cream vans are back on the quayside here in Appledore. A reminder that the long, hot summer days, gazing over the estuary are not far away….. nor is our 10th Anniversary Book Festival! With preparations well underway, we are designing a celebratory programme that will see the return of old friends and new talent and includes world famous authors, slam poets and songwriters to deliver a variety of events and workshops to suit all tastes.

Our Schools Outreach Programme is now the biggest of its kind in the UK. Each year our dedicated schools team organize for published children’s authors to visit schools and provide a literacy experience from authors they know and admire. Last year we provided inspiration to over 4k children in North Devon and hope to achieve the same in 2016. Visit the schools page to find out more.

Tickets for our 10th Anniversary Book Festival will go on sale in July. We will bring you the latest line up news hot off the press from May onwards so stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for our newsletter. If you want to guarantee early access to this year’s events become an ABF Friend for just £20 a year you can get first dibs on ticket sales and invitations to exclusive events.

About ABF

Appledore Book Festival is a charity and was founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science. Nick directed the first ever book festival in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library and he has remained as our Schools Patron ever since. Nick’s campaign brought our community together, saving the library which is still at the heart of our village today and the Book Festival continued on as an independent event.
Visit the about ABF page to find out more.