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Appledore Book Festival 2021

Over ten days, more than 80 events are taking place in either our marquee at Skern Lodge or at various venues in Appledore village.  We have some of the greatest names in the literary world, along with a BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning actress, a BAFTA award winning screenwriter, eminent environmentalists, a celebrity chef, peace advocates, actors, comedians, musicians, poets, historians, broadcasters and children's authors - the list goes on. Below are just a few of our fabulous events.  Visit our events page to see our full line-up. 

During the Festival our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our audiences, volunteers and team.  Therefore do not attend if you, or any of your party, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had a positive COVID-19 test.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan in place and ticket holders will receive information in advance of their event should anything change. 



We have a fabulous line-up for this year's September Festival

Melanie Blake

Crowned the new Jackie Collins, translated into 7 languages, over 100,000 copies of her novels sold this year alone. Join the new queen of the blockbuster, international best-seller, Melanie Blake, on how YOU can get published & have a hit book.  Melanie will also be discussing her latest novel Ruthless Women.

Dominic Greensmith

Dom is a musician, actor and film score composer. He will talking about his time with internationally acclaimed rock band, Reef, working with Peter Gabriel, jamming with Jools Holland, and recording with Ray Davies, to name a few! He'll also be chatting about his move into writing and producing music, and his time growing up in North Devon.


Hayley Mills

BAFTA and Golden Globe award winner Hayley Mills will be discussing her memoir Forever Young - a fascinating insight into her early years in Hollywood.  Hayley takes us back in time to a bygone era, charting a journey from her carefree childhood innocence in post-war Britain, to being propelled into 1960s Hollywood.

Dr Hilary Jones

Dr Hilary Jones is one of the UK’s most-loved TV personalities, offering advice and support for over 30 years on programmes including TV-AM, GMTV, Daybreak, Lorraine and ITV’s Good Morning Britain, where he tends to viewers’ health issues, attracts 1.3m viewers every day.  He is the author of several works of non-fiction.  Frontline is his first novel.

Hilary Bonner

Hilary is the author of 17 crime novels and five non-fiction books.  A former journalist, she is also a past Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.  She will be discussing her latest book, The Danger Within - a David Vogel mystery, as well as her first play, Dead Lies - a fast-moving, hard-hitting political thriller.

John Lyons

John is seen regularly on our TV screens playing D.S. George Toolan in A Touch of Frost a detective series that ran for 17 years.  He has also appeared in West End musicals, plays and numerous well known TV shows.  John has now written his memoir - Not Just George.

Michael Morley

Award-winning documentary maker and investigative journalist, Michael Morley, reflects upon his time with Dennis Nilsen, Britain's most infamous serial killer. 

Matt Rees-Warren

As an ecological gardener and designer, Matt will be talking about how to design a beautiful outdoor space that can be enjoyed equally by wildlife and people for years to come.

Louis Barfe

Louis Barfe's entertaining biography, Sunshine and Laughter: The Story of Morecambe & Wise gets to the heart of what made TV's most enduringly popular double act tick.

Here are just a few of our headliners for this year's Festival. To see our full line-up please visit our Events & Tickets page.

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