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 saved the library, which is still at the heart of our village.

Today, the Appledore Book Festival continues to thrive and has become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and artistes. 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 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.

We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Appledore for this year’s event and are thrilled that we have a fantastic line-up of authors and performers for this September. Due to the ongoing concerns around COVID-19 we are planning a festival where audiences can still be socially distanced if restrictions are in place. 


Appledore Book Festival 2021 Sponsors