Inspiring a love of the written word and stimulating children’s creativity is at the heart of our charity’s objectives. Our Schools Programme is now the largest outreach programme of any UK Book Festival and this year we are back with another week of author events. Despite schools’ budgets being tighter than ever before, thirty of North Devon schools will receive an author event during 9th—13th October. Appledore Book Festival will host some of the UK’s top authors and our volunteers will ferry them to the schools, to open, challenge and delight the hearts and minds of our young people. From toddlers to teenagers, children will be engaged in discussions, talks, writing and creative workshops, singalongs and book signings. In all, a wide and exciting range of over sixty events is planned to engage our readers of the future.

None of this would happen without the voluntary hard work and dedication from Pat Glover, Pat Hadley-Smith and Marilyn Young, who plan and deliver this programme with the support of a team of voluntary stewards who accompany our visiting authors to the various venues, ensuring that they don’t get lost in Devon’s winding lanes.

Our thanks also go to Waterstones for sponsoring the Schools Programme, to Barnstaple Rotary Club for enabling smaller schools to participate, to Bideford Bridge Rotary Club for providing the prizes for our Schools Writing Competition and to Jan and Phil at The Seagate for hosting our authors.


Primary Schools:

Appledore, Ashleigh C of E, Bratton Fleming CPS, Caen CPS, East-the-Water CPS, Goodleigh C of E, Hartland, Holywell C of E, Instow CPS, Kingsley Junior and Pre-school, Marwood, St George’s C of E, St Margaret’s C of E, Shebbear CPS, West Buckland Preparatory.

Secondary Schools:

Braunton Academy, Great Torrington, Ilfracombe Academy, Kingsley Senior, Libra, Park Community College, Pilton Community College, Route 39 Academy, Shebbear College, South Molton Community College, West Buckland Senior.


Appledore Library, Barnstaple Library, Bideford Library, Appledore Pre-Schools.