2017 Friends Membership

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Your membership benefits include

  • You will receive a 10 day priority booking period for all events.
  • You can book two tickets per event, per person during the priority period and as many as you like when the tickets go on sale to the general public.*
  • You will get access to exclusive Friends events.
  • You’ll receive a 10% discount on all purchases at Waterstones Festival bookshop.
  • You’ll receive exclusive event promotions.

How your support helps the Festival

Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library from closure. 10 years on our library is still at the heart of our village and our festival has continued to become one of the UK’s most regarded independent Book Festivals. Our aim is a simple one: to increase the enjoyment of reading and encourage creative writing through providing access to inspirational events.

It takes a full 12 months of work by our team to deliver our festival & schools programmes and last year we staged over 60 Book Festival events in Appledore and delivered over 30 author visits to schools and libraries in North Devon during a 15 day period. Our Schools Programme is now the largest outreach programme of its kind in the UK. Last year 5k people visited an event in Appledore and we provided 4k children with free access to an inspirational author experience.

Our festival makes a difference that is only possible with your support. Sign up today and become a Friend of the Festival and help us to continue delivering this fantastic event that benefits our community. Thank you.


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    • Jeremy Paxman and Jeremy Vine in conversation tonight. The seventy second and last event of the 2017 Appledore book festival.  What an amazing way to finish. 
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    • The fantastic Pat Hadley-Smith who as well as making sure the festival runs smoothly also organises the  schools' programme,  which manages to reach over thirty schools. 
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    • Some of the ladies from the Riverside support group for North Devon hospice who have ran the festival cafe this week. A massive thank you to them for all their hard work and good humour. 
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    • The Appledore book festival Cafe run in aid of the North Devon Hospice has done Stirling work keeping our guests and visitors well fed this week. 
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    • Andrew Cooper being interviewed by Lyn Callaghan in the Author's Yurt. 
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    • Appledore.
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    • Part of the brilliant Appledore book festival team: Lyn Callaghan, Brooke Phillips and Mick Kavanagh. 
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    • Our wonderfully entertaining patron Jeremy Vine. 
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    • Some of Becky Bettesworth's amazing work on show today. 
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    • Alex Preston's 'As Kingfishers Catch Fire'. #appledorebookfestival #bookstagram #goodreads #amreading  #books #booksandbirds #alexpreston
    • Alex Preston preparing for his talk on his beautiful book 'As Kingfishers Catch Fire'. #appledorebookfestival #bookstagram #booktour #goodreads #amreading #birds #birdsinliterature #booksandbirds  #alexpreston
    • Our amazing festival artist Becky Bettesworth signing copies of her work to a very appreciative Appledore audience. 
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