2008

Messages from the stars of the 2008 Festival


Peter Christie, local historian and councillor

“It was nice to be invited back again even if I was talking about fallen women!”


Penny Vincenzi, internationally best-selling author

“Lovely place, lovely festival, wonderful audience!”


Tony Benn, writer, diarist and politician

“Appledore – long famous for its ships moves into culture with its Book Festival”


Peter Villiers, biographer of Joseph Conrad

“It was a pleasure to meet such a lively and well-informed audience, and to attempt to answer their questions! Appledore is a wonderful community and its maritime traditions live on long may it build ships and race gigs!”


Mark Woolaway, local historian

“A triumph – I kept them awake!”


Kjartan Poskitt, author of Murderous Maths and Urgum the Axeman

“How completely brilliant to have such a great festival in a place as lovely and unique as Appledore! Many thanks to all of you for having me!”


Vivien French, author of Robe of Skulls, the Tiara Club series and many other fantastic children’s books

“Wild wind – wild waves and a truly FABULOUS festival – thank you so much for asking me!”


Steve Skidmore, one of the 2 Steves author of Mad Myths

“Wonderful Place! Wonderful People! Wonderful Festival!


Steve Barlow (the other Steve)

“Appledore is Devon’s best-kept secret. Dickensian streets and views to die for. We’ve been here several times and we keep coming back (though people beg us not to …) Proper job!”


Michael Henderson author of See You After the Duration

“Congratulations on getting this festival really on the way. I much appreciated the chance to participate.”


David Johnson, poet and author of Bombazine

“What a wonderful audience and a great pleasure to be performing in Appledore. Keep up the good work.”


Roy Hattersley, author, journalist and politician

“It has clearly been an enjoyable day and my festival “fun” has not even begun!”


Lucinda Lambton, author of Temples of Convenience

“A beautiful place with a beautiful name.”


Kate Adie, BBC correspondent and author

“Again in Appledore (just – courtesy of Italian delays, weather and British railways …) but always worth it Thank you.”


Philip Ardagh
Dugald Steer
Peter Keene
Beatrice Otto
Peter Christie
Penny Vincenzi
Tony Benn
Peter Villiers
Mark Woolaway
Kjartan Poskitt
Lucy Pettit
Dan Freedman
Libby Purves
Michael Henderson
David Johnson
Roy Hattersley
Todd Gray
Nick Arnold
Jeremy Strong
Tony Mitton
Andrew Lambert
Sir Peregrine Worsthorne
Lucinda Lambton
Nick Sharratt
Kate Adie


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