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About The Festival

Appledore Book Festival is one of the largest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and performers.

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. 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.

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