Author on a school visit

Schools Week

One of the Largest Schools Outreach Programme in the UK

Our aim is to delight and inspire the readers and writers of the future.

Our five day Schools Week offers talks and workshops to young people from preschool to Sixth Form with visits from acclaimed authors and illustrators. Members of the Schools Team liaise with the schools and authors to ensure that everyone has the best possible experience.

This year's Schools Week will take place w/c 3rd October 2022.

In 2021 our Schools Week provided a fleet of top quality writers who delighted audiences from four to 18 years. Despite some small Covid disruptions, we proud to host 25 authors and run 130 events during the week. In total, 50 schools were visited across North Devon and Torridge.

It is so important that children meet these real life authors who talk about their own childhoods and how they began to write. The children can experience authors as real people just like them, people who can create stories and poems without any superpowers or privilege or gifted opportunities. This, we believe, is what can really help to get children reading and writing with confidence and enjoyment.

Our Schools Week would not be possible without the support of our dedicated team of volunteer stewards who drive the authors to far-flung venues. We would also like to thank our sponsors and grant makers, including Fullabrook CIC, Balsdon Trust, Norman Family Charitable Trust, Sir John and Lady Amory's Charitable Trust and local Rotary Clubs, who helped to make these exceptional events possible.

For information about the authors that took part in this year's Schools Week, please visit our Meet the Children's Authors page.



Tanya Landman

“It is a pleasure to be involved with the Appledore Book Festival’s Schools Outreach Programme. This week-long programme is helping to inspire the readers and writers of the future”

Tanya is a Carnegie Medal winner and author of more than forty books for children and young adults. 

Photograph of Tanya Landman
Quotes from Pupils

“I really love poetry now!”

“I’m going out to buy all Nick Toczek’s books.”

“I’m starting to write my own novel right now!”

Quotes from Authors

“The brilliance of Appledore Schools Week is that it always buzzes and crackles with enthusiasm.” John Townsend

“Appledore Book Festival is always a real treat. Students are engaged and excited, primed for a great author visit by librarians and teachers who want to make the most of your time.” Catherine Johnson

“The Appledore Schools Week is … brilliantly organised, featuring enthusiastic audiences at a wide range of lovely schools. And the author care is exceptional!” John Dougherty

Quotes from schools

“Thank you so much Appledore Book Festival for arranging this for our pupils – the children were inspired.”

“Such fun! The children were laughing and totally captivated by the storytelling”.

“Inspirational is the word I’d describe for this morning’s event. The pupils have a renewed energy to read”.

Children gig rowing
Book signing and meeting children
Author presenting to children in an assembly hall

Contact Form

If you are a school or college based in North Devon and Torridge and you would like to know more, or become involved, in our Schools Week, please use the enquiry form to contact us.

Would you like to receive information about future events?

Appledore Book Festival 2021 Sponsors