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About Us

Set in the beautiful maritime village of Appledore, in North Devon, the Appledore Book Festival is one of the most vibrant cultural Festivals in the UK, which attracts world-class authors, speakers & performers and plays host to almost 100 events over 10 days.


The governing charity was founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, best-selling author of Horrible Science, to raise funds to save the Appledore Library.  His campaign successfully united the local community, and he plays an active role in the Festival to this day.


Managed almost exclusively by a loyal team of hardworking volunteers, the Festival offers a unique and enriching experience, with the aim to increase the enjoyment of reading and creative writing by providing access to inspirational events for all ages.


As a charity and non-profit making organisation, funds raised go towards helping our local community and running the Appledore Book Festival’s Schools’ Week Programme.  Please visit our Schools’ page for more information. 

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