Gig- boat racing Appledore

© Terry Mathews

Our History

Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science, in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library. His campaign brought our community together and was an overwhelming success. 

Today, the Appledore Book Festival continues to thrive and grow - becoming one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and performers. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, our Festival is a unique experience. 

Our beautiful maritime village location and historic venues encourage authors and visitors to soak up village life which means you can often see your favourite authors out and about enjoying a Hocking’s ice-cream or hanging out in one of our fabulous cafés 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.

We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Appledore for this year’s event and are planning a fantastic line-up of authors and performers for this September. Please be assured that we will continue to plan the festival in accordance with any government guidelines that may be in place relating to Covid-19.


Appledore Book Festival 2021 Sponsors