About Us

Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science. Nick directed the first-ever book festival in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library and his campaign brought our community together, saving the library which is still at the heart of our village today.

Now in our 15th year, the Appledore Book Festival continued as an independent event and has become the biggest cultural festival in Devon attracting world-class authors, speakers and artistes for our community to enjoy. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, our Festival is run by the community for our community which makes our Festival experience so unique.  Our beautiful maritime village location and our historic venues encourage authors and visitors to spend time and enjoy the village life which means you often see your favourite authors enjoying a Hocking’s ice-cream or hanging out in one of our fabulous cafes and bars.

As a charity, our aim is a simple one: to increase the enjoyment of reading and encourage creative writing through providing access to inspirational events. Last year we sold over 7,800 tickets and our Schools Week delivered over 120 events to 50 schools and four libraries.

We couldn’t have achieved this without all of our supporters, our Friends, ticket buyers, and the business community. We are especially grateful to our Patrons Nick Arnold, Jeremy Vine, Judi Spiers, Andy Cooper, Richard Wolfenden-Brown and Tanya Landman who continue to give their valuable time to guide us and promote what we do. Their commitment helps us to attract top-quality events for our supporters to enjoy.  We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Appledore for this year’s event.

Our 2019 Festival welcomed a wide variety of authors and performers, including biographers; historians; popular fiction writers; journalists; musician; poets and comedians.  We also held exhibitions; workshops; guided walks and local talks.  All unique, entertaining and enlightening.

  • 73 events over 9 days
  • 7,855 tickets sold
  • 43 authors
  • 93% of tickets sold
  • 25 well-known children’s authors visited North Devon schools and libraries during our schools week

If you would like to take part in our 2020 Festival or you are a Publisher/Agent needing more information, please email: director@appledorebookfestival.co.uk

AGM: Our April Annual General Meeting has been postponed due to the Coronavirus lockdown.  We hope to publicise the rescheduled date as soon as possible.