Appledore has two book festivals. There’s the festival that you see and the festival you don’t see! The invisible festival is the Schools Programme. It runs from 10th to 14th October and it’s the biggest outreach programme of its kind in the UK – sending some of Britain’s best children’s writers to schools all over its North Devon hinterland. Their mission is to deliver talks and workshops that bring their books to life. Thanks to the Schools Programme thousands of North Devon children who would never normally meet a real-life author in a million years are shown an entire new world of excitement and opportunity within the pages of books. This year we will visit over 30 North Devon schools.

Thank you to Waterstones for sponsoring our Schools Programme and to all the hard-working voluntary stewards who accompany our visiting authors and travel many miles to ensure authors don’t get lost in Devon’s winding lanes! If your school would like to get involved next year please contact Pat Hadley-Smith by email at