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Friends Only Event. VIP Festival Launch Party

Thursday 16th September - 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £20

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Join the Patrons and Trustees for a relaxing hour of music, champagne and canapés to celebrate the Festival’s 15th year.  This is an exclusive event for Friends of the Appledore Book Festival.  Ticket price includes a ticket for the Rev. Richard Coles event, taking place at 7pm.

Rev. Richard Coles - The Madness of Grief A Memoir of Love and Loss

Thursday 16th September - 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £14

The Reverend Richard Coles is the presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4.  He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number-one hit single and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

Dead Lies: Meet the Cast

Friday 17th September - 9.30am
Ticket Price: £15 (to include a single entry to Hilary Bonner's event that starts at 10.15am)

Come and join the cast of Dead Lies for coffee and pastries before they join best-selling crime novelist, Hilary Bonner, to talk about Dead Lies – a fastmoving, hard-hitting political thriller set in North Devon. 

Hilary Bonner - The Danger Within; Dead Lies

Friday 17th September – 10.15am
Ticket Price: £10

Hilary Bonner is the author of 17 crime novels and five non-fiction books.  She will be discussing her latest book, The Danger Within, and her first play, Dead Lies, which begins a national tour in Barnstaple this September.  Hilary will be joined on stage by the cast of Dead Lies - see event details for more information.

Gavin Esler - How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations

Friday 17th September – 12.30pm
Ticket Price: £12

Gavin Esler is journalist, television presenter and author.  He was a main presenter of the BBC current affairs show Newsnight for 12 years.  He will be discussing his latest book How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations.

Walk On The Wild Side with Martin Unwin

Friday 17th September - 2.00pm  (This event has now sold out. Click here to add your name to our waiting list)
Sunday 19th September - 3.30pm  (This event has now sold out. Click here to add your name to our waiting list)
Wednesday 22nd September - 9.00am  (This event has now sold out. Click here to add your name to our waiting list)
Ticket Price: £7

Join local wildlife expert, Martin Unwin, as he takes you on a delightful walk to discover the exciting bird life that can be found along the Appledore coastline.  This walk will take approximately 2 hours.

Kate Mosse - The City of Tears

Friday 17th September – 3.00pm
Ticket Price: £12

Kate Mosse is a number one international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer.  She is the author of eight novels and short story collections – including the multimillion selling Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel) and Gothic fiction The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is adapting for the stage.

Anthony Horowitz - A Line to Kill

Friday 17th September – 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £12

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers in the UK having written over 40 bestselling books and responsible for creating some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series including Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, and Poirot A Line to Kill is the third book in Anthony's Hawthorne detective series.

Tim Vine - In conversation with Jeremy Vine

Friday 17th September - 8.00pm
Ticket Price: £14

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Tim Vine is a celebrated comedian, writer and actor.  He will be 'in conversation' with his brother, the presenter, broadcaster and journalist, Jeremy Vine.

Anthony Horowitz - Nightshade (Alex Rider)

Saturday 18th September - 10.00am
Ticket Price: £12 Adults; £6 Children

The award-winning author, Anthony Horowitz talks about his latest book in the legendary teen spy series, Alex Rider.

The Irsha Walk with David Carter

Saturday 18th September - 10:30am
Thursday 23rd September - 9:30am
Ticket Price: £7

This guided walk will be for anyone who wants to know the history of West Appledore, or Irsha as it is generally known.  Why is the character of Irsha different from the rest of Appledore?  What did the people do, who lived here.  Let David tell you some of their stories on this 90 minute walk.

Jon Sopel - UnPresidented: Politics, Pandemics and the Race that Trumped all Others

Saturday 18th September - 12.30pm
Ticket Price: £12

Jon Sopel has been the BBC’s North America Editor since 2014.  He covered the 2016 election and Trump’s White House at first hand, reporting for the BBC across TV, radio, and online.  Jon's new book UnPresidented: Politics, pandemics and the race that Trumped all others is Jon’s experience on the campaign trail and his personal account of this extraordinary race for the White House.

Gardening with a Changing Climate - a guided with with Pete Yeo

Saturday 18th September - 1.30pm  (tickets available)
Monday 20th September - 9.30am  (tickets available)
Friday 24th September - 3pm  
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Ticket Price: £7

Join reconciliation ecologist and plant writer Pete Yeo for a relaxed loop walk around Appledore.  With reference to local gardens and plants, he will offer glimpses of what the future may hold for our British gardening, alongside evidence of changes already afoot.

Dr Sarah Jarvis - An In Conversaton Event

Saturday 18th September - 2.30pm
Ticket Price: £12

Dr Sarah Jarvis is an active medical writer and broadcaster.  She is also the resident doctor for BBC Radio 2 and appears regularly on Channel 5 News, Good Morning Britain, ITN Lunchtime News, LBC and Radio 5 Live.

VIP Reception for Friends of the Festival - Hosted by Jeremy Vine

Saturday 18th September - 6.30pm
Ticket Price: £20 (to include wine, canapés and a ticket for the Sara Cox event at 8pm)

Join Jeremy Vine and other Patrons for an entertaining hour of music, wine and canapés.  This is an exclusive event for Friends of the Appledore Book Festival.

Sara Cox - Till the Cows Come Home

Saturday 18th September – 8.00pm
Ticket Price: £14

Sara is a well-known radio and TV presenter.  She is loved by millions of Radio 2 listeners who tune in to her weekday Drivetime show.  She will be in conversation with Festival patron, presenter, journalist and broadcaster, Jeremy Vine.

Ann Cleeves - The Heron's Cry

Sunday 19th September - 10.00am
Ticket Price: £12

Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels.  An international bestseller, she is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland.  The TV series and the books they are based on have become global sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.

Satish Kumar - Pilgrimage for Peace. Gracie Chick - Round the UK on a Tenner a Day

Sunday 19th September - 12.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

Satish Kumar is an Indian British activist and speaker. He has been a Jain monk, nuclear disarmament advocate and pacifist. He makes a welcome return to the Appledore Book Festival to tell us about the extraordinary peace walk that he undertook as a young man.
Joining Satish on stage will be 17 year old Gracie Chick who, along with her family, embarked on an epic journey around the UK in an attempt to make a difference in a society where people can feel desperate, frustrated, alone and powerless.

Hayley Mills - Forever Young: A Memoir

Sunday 19th September - 3.00pm
Ticket Price: £12

Hayley Mills' teenage decade in Hollywood produced some of the era's greatest coming-of-age family movies: PollyannaThe Parent Trap and In Search of the Castaways.  Now, and for the first time, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winner, Hayley Mills, tells the story of those years.

Alan Johnson - The Late Train to Gypsy Hill

Sunday 19th September - 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £12

A fast paced, elegant and warm-hearted debut thriller from award-winning writer and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson.  Alan's childhood and adult memoirs have already won top political writing awards, but The Last Train to Gypsy Hill is the book he's been wanting to write since the age of thirteen.

Ruby Wax - A Mindfulness Guide for Survival

Sunday 19th  September - 8.00pm
Ticket Price:
£39 per couple (to include one hardback copy of Ruby's book)
£25 single (to include one hardback copy of Ruby's book)

A Mindfulness Guide for Survival is the latest book from number one bestselling author, comedian, TV writer and performer, Ruby Wax.  It draws together everything Ruby has learned before and during the pandemic and offer an indispensable guide to surviving life.

Ghost Walk with Terry Bailey

Sunday 19th September - 8:30pm
Monday 20th September - 8:30pm
Tuesday 22nd September - 8:30pm
Ticket Price: £7

Appledore is full of ghosts if you know where to look.  Listen for the fishermen’s footsteps in Appledore’s back streets.  Who is the curly-haired young girl seen in Market Street?  As darkness falls let Terry guide you through Appledore’s winding lanes, alleys and churchyard, with their stories of haunting and unexplained happenings. 

Derek Wilson - The Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting Fact from Fable; The Cromwell Enigma: A Tudor Mystery

Monday 20th September - 11.00am
Ticket Price: £10

Derek Wilson is one of Britain's leading popular historians and has also made numerous radio and TV appearances.  He will be talking about his latest books which explore the myths and facts behind the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, and also his views on the early unknown life of Thomas Cromwell.

Michael Morley: The Dennis Nilsen Tapes - In Jail with Britain’s most infamous serial killer

Monday 20th September - 1.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Michael Morley is a former TV producer and director, and is currently a senior executive director for Endemol TV. He has produced a number of award-winning documentaries and was a well-connected investigative journalist. He will be reflecting on his time in jail with Dennis Nilsen, Britain's most infamous serial killer.

Kate Werran - An American Uprising in Second World War England

Monday 20th September - 2:15pm
Ticket Price: £10

Kate Werran is a journalist and documentary maker.  Her book An American Uprising in Second World War England: Mutiny in the Duchy was published earlier this year, and concerns the shocking true events which happened in Launceston in 1943, when black American soldiers open fire on white military police, with consequences that reverberated around the world.

Nicholas Crane: Latitude - How the Shape of the Earth Shaped History

Monday 20th September - 3.30pm
Ticket Price: £12
RGS Members: £8

Nicholas Crane is an award-winning writer, journalist, geographer and explorer who has presented the BAFTA winning, BBC TV series Coast, Great British Journeys, Map Man and Town.  Latitude is an epic story of survival and science set in mountain camps and remote observatories - a breathtaking tale of courage in adversity, it is celebrated today as the first modern exploring expedition.

Lord Jonny Oates: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden - A Memoir

Monday 20th September - 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £12

Jonny Oates was the director of communications for the Liberal Democrats for the 2010 general election and chief of staff to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg through the coalition government of 2010–15.  He has been a member of the House of Lords since October 2015 and is currently the Liberal Democrats Spokesperson on the Climate Emergency and Energy.  I Never Promised You A Rose Garden is a rare political memoir.

Stand-up poetry evening with Liv Torc and Rob Barratt

Monday 20th September - 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £8

Join Rob Barratt and Liv Torc for an evening of stand-up comedy and poetry.  These brain-tickling and spoken word artists will combine clever word play, verse and comedy to deliver an evening of fun and laughter.

The Appledore Walk with David Carter

Tuesday 21st September - 10:00am
Ticket Price: £7

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Local Historian David Carter has been leading guided walks around Appledore for many years now, and what he doesn't know about its history isn't worth knowing.  This guided walk will be for anyone who wants to know more about Appledore’s history.  Who were the people who shaped the character of Appledore?  What were their stories?  Guranteed to be fascinating!

Sandy Brown - Play With Clay Workshop

Tuesday 21st September - 11am to 4pm
Ticket Price: £50 (to include materials)

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Immerse yourself in a one-day clay workshop with world-leading ceramic artist and local resident Sandy Brown.

Andrew Wilson: I Saw Him Die

Tuesday 21st September - 11.30am
Ticket Price: £10

Andrew Wilson is a highly acclaimed author and journalist - appearing in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Washington Post.  I Saw Him Die is the fourth novel in the Agatha Christie crime series.

Julia Stonehouse - John Stonehouse, My Father: The True Story of the Runaway MP

Tuesday 21st September - 1.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

John Stonehouse, My Father: The True Story of the Runaway MP  is the true story of the MP who faked his own death, by his daughter Julia Stonehouse.  She examines previously unseen evidence, telling the dramatic true story for the first time, disputing allegations and upturning common misconceptions which are still in circulation.

Joseph Knox - True Crime Story

Tuesday 21st September - 2pm
Ticket Price: £10

'What happens to those girls who go missing? What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world?'
Blending fact and fiction, this is a thrilling true crime story like no other.  Weaving together a collection of fictional interviews, Joseph Knox creates a compulsively readable, dark and pacey thriller with a twist.

Crime Writing Workshop

Tuesday 21st September - 3.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

A creative workshop designed for writers focusing on crime fiction.  This is a 90 minute session.

Anthony Tucker-Jones - The Devil’s Bridge: The German Victory at Arnhem 1944

Tuesday 21st September - 3.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

The Devil’s Bridge: The German Victory at Arnhem 1944, offers a new look at Operation Market Garden and the Arnhem campaign from the perspective of the German forces who defended against the Allied offensive.

Matt Rees-Warren - The Ecological Gardener: How to Create Beauty and Biodiversity from the Soil Up

Tuesday 21st September - 5.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Matt Rees-Warren is an ecological gardener, designer and writer.  He has worked at the National Trust, been head gardener at Kilver Court Gardens in Somerset and built a reputation for designing gardens to the highest modern standard.  The Ecological Gardener, shows us how to design a beautiful outdoor space that can be enjoyed equally by wildlife and people for years to come.

Robert Kitson - EXE MEN: The Extra Ordinary Rise of Exeter Chiefs

Tuesday 21st September - 7:00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Robert Kitson has been The Guardian's rugby union correspondent since 1999 and is one of the UK's most respected sports writers.  He has covered eight Rugby World Cups, five British and Irish Lions tours and in excess of 300 Tests worldwide.  His book EXE MEN tells the insightful story of the Exeter Chiefs from their remarkable rise from homespun roots to being at the pinnacle of European rugby.

Singer-Songwriter Session with Russell Bave, Richard Malfait and Lara Conley

Tuesday 21st September - 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Singer-songwriters Richard Malfait, Lara Conley and Russell Bave bring together words and music into writing and performing songs.  With insights into their creative process and performances of their music, these talented musicians will entertain you as well as share tips about writing.  A musicial performance will follow this singer-songerwriter session.

David Carter - Six Centuries of Sailors

Wednesday 22nd September - 9.30am
Ticket Price: £8

Local historian David Carter has written three books on Appledore's history, and uncovered some amazing facts about this seafaring village in the process.  As well as undertaking guided history walks, at this event he will be sharing this new presentation with you, about the individual lives of Appledore sailors over a period of 600 years.

Jonathon Porritt - Hope In Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency

Wednesday 22nd September - 10.30am
Ticket Price: £12

Climate change is the defining issue of our time and fortunately, more and more people around the world now realise this will be a massive challenge for the rest of their lives.Jonathon believes we still have time to do what needs to be done.  In this ultimately upbeat book, he explores all the reasons to be hopeful.  Jonathon Porritt is an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner.

Peter Christie - Bideford in World War II

Wednesday 22nd September - 11.00am
Ticket Price: £8

In this illustrated talk Peter Christie focuses on the huge changes to everyday life in Bideford during the Second World War, from its outbreak to Air Raid precautions, the influx of evacuees and the arrival of US troops, to the local Home Guard.

Creative Writing Workshop: Plot structure and how to create a meaningful story

Wednesday 22nd September - 11.30am
Ticket Price: £10

Creative Writing, an hour-long workshop, will help you discover the importance of plot structure; how to create a meaningful story with relatable characters; and how to develop your dialogue, plot setting, and style.


Rachel Joyce - Miss Benson's Beetle

Wednesday 22nd September - 12.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce latest novel is Miss Benson's Beetle, an intoxicating adventure and life-affirming story about female friendship and having the courage to live your dreams, however unlikely they may be.

Creative Writing Workshop: Routes to Self-Publishing

Wednesday 22nd September - 1.15pm
Ticket Price: £10

Routes to Self-Publishing is a creative workshop that looks at how to take your book to market, the advantages of self-publishing, and what you need to be aware of if you’re collaborating with a professional or publishing business.

Louis Barfe - Sunshine and Laughter: The Story of Morecambe & Wise

Wednesday 22nd September - 1.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

In this entertaining biography, Sunshine and Laughter: The Story of Morecambe & Wise gets to the heart of what made TV's most enduringly popular double act tick.  Louis Barfe has a gift for narrating celebrity lives in a manner that is informative and affectionate.

Helen McGinn - This Changes Everything; In Just One Day

Wednesday 22nd September - 3.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

Helen McGinn is an author, drinks writer and international wine judge.  She is also the author of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club blog and the wine expert for BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s This Morning.  She will be in conversation discussing her first two novels, both out this year.

Melanie Blake - Ruthless Women

Wednesday 22nd September - 5.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Ruthless Women is based on the 20 years that Melanie Blake spent working behind the scenes with the world’s biggest stars from The Spice Girls to Beyonce and George Clooney to Julia Roberts as well as on the world’s best loved TV shows including Dynasty, General Hospital, EastEnders and Coronation Street.

John Preston - Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

Wednesday 22nd September - 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £12

From the bestselling author of A Very English Scandal, comes the jaw-dropping life story of notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell.  In this gripping book, John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell's extraordinary rise and scandalous fall.  This book has been acclaimed throughout the UK press as the best biography yet of Robert Maxwell.

Wine Tasting Evening with Helen McGinn

Wednesday 22nd September - 8.00pm
Ticket Price: £15 (to include wine and nibbles)

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Join BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s This Morning wine expert Helen McGinn for an enjoyable and delicious wine tasting evening.  Helen is the the author of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club - both an award-winning blog and book.

K. J. Maitland - The Drowned City

Thursday 23rd September - 10.30am
Ticket Price: £10

Join Karen Maitland as she talks about her latest book The Drowned City and delivers a presentation 'Murder, Treason and the Devon Tsunami'.  The Drowned City is a compelling historical thriller about how gunpowder and treason changed England forever.

Gill Hornby - Miss Austen

Thursday 23rd September - 12.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Gill Hornby’s Miss Austen is a Sunday Times bestselling novel and now set to be a major TV drama.  Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, Miss Austen is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen.

William Henry Searle - Threads

Thursday 23rd September - 1.15pm
Ticket Price: £8

Weaving together personal stories, local author William Searle deals with the meanings of intimacy, vulnerability and our affinities with people and places, both wild and tame.  Threads is a lyrical journey through life, love and nature.

Andrew Davies - In conversation

Thursday 23rd September - 2.30pm
Ticket Price: £12

BAFTA Fellow, Andrew Davies is a novelist, producer and one of the UK’s most renowned screenwriters. Andrew has been involved in some of the most loved, iconic and critically acclaimed films and TV series produced including Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Middlemarch, War & Peace, Les Miserables and Sanditon

Mary Ann Sieghart - The Authority Gap

Thursday 23rd September – 4:00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Mary Ann Sieghart spent twenty years as a senior editor and columnist at The Times.  She has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 4, such as Start the Week, Fallout, Profile, Analysis, One to One and a clutch of one-off documentaries.  Her new book The Authority Gap deals with the issues of unseen sexism with still exists within the workplace.

Gulwali Passarlay - The Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee

Thursday 23rd September - 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

As a young boy Gulwali fled Afghanistan and endured a terrifying journey in the hands of people smugglers.  His story is a deeply harrowing and incredibly inspiring tale of our times.  Gulwali Passarlay is author, activist and co-founder of My Bright Kite CIC, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to improve the wellbeing and inclusion of young refugees. 

Rebecca Alexander - Northern Penguins

Thursday 23rd September - 6.15pm
Ticket Price: £8 (to include a hot drink and cake)

Rebecca Alexander is an internationally renowned novelist published by Penguin and Titan who lives and writes in Appledore.  Northern Penguins is Rebecca's latest novel and it tells of the secrets and stories people leave behind.  Join Rebecca in the Market Street Kitchen for a relaxing early evening event and enjoy refreshments and cakes.

Dominic Greensmith - In Conversation

Thursday 23rd September - 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

Dominic Greensmith is a musician, actor and film score composer.  In 1994 Dom, and with three other friends, formed Reef - the internationally renowed and acclaimed Birtish rock band.  Reef toured the world, had a platinum album and the band played and recorded with such artists as Ray Davies (The Kinks); Neol Davies (The Selector); and Peter Gabriel (Genesis).

Liz Shakespeare and Veronica Henry discuss their latest books with Rebecca Alexander

Friday 24th September - 10.30am
Ticket Price: £10

Veronica Henry and Liz Shakespeare are two of Devon’s best-loved authors.  They will each be discussing their latest novels with well-known local author Rebecca Alexander for this relaxed and informal Friday morning event.

Stewart Binns - Barbarossa and the Bloodiest War in History

Friday 24th September – 12:30pm
Ticket Price: £10

Stewart Binns started as an academic before becoming a teacher and a soldier.  Later, he began a successful career in television, during which he won many awards, including a BAFTA for Britain at War, part of his 'in-colour' documentary series.  His latest book tells the generally-unknown story of the Barbarossa campaign - the bloodiest war in history.

Dermot Turing - Reflections of Alan Turing: A Relative Story

Friday 24th September - 2:00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Dermot Turing spent his career in the legal profession after graduating from Cambridge and Oxford, and is a trustee of Bletchley Park. He has extensive knowledge of World War II code-breaking and is a regular presenter at major cryptology events. He is also the nephew of Alan Turing and will be talking about his latest book Reflections of Alan Turing: A Relative Story which was published earlier this year.

Linda Calvery - The Locksmith

Friday 24th September - 4.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Other writers have written from the periphery of the criminal world.  Linda Calvey was at the heart of it.  Everything she lived shines through in The Locksmith.  Her stories are filled with twists and turns and are based on a dark reality that few of us ever encounter.  Linda writes what she knows, and what she knows is fascinating.

Dan Jones - Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

Friday 24th September - 6.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist.  He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the accliamed Netflix/Channel 5 series Secrets of Great British Castle

Cocktail Masterclass with Fever-Tree

Friday 24th September - 8.00pm
Ticket Price: £15 (to include two cocktails)

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Join Craig Harper, the official Fever-Tree ambassador, for an evening masterclass on how to mix quick and delicious drinks and cocktails using Fever-Tree Easy Mixing: More than 150 Quick and Delicious Mixed Drinks and Cocktails.  Ticket price includes two delicious cocktails.

Local Authors Event

Saturday 25th September - 10.00am to 5.30pm
Ticket Price: Free Admission

Showcasing a number of local and up and coming authors, this free day-long event is an opportunity to meet these writers.

Alison Weir - Six Tudor Queens: Katharine Parr the Sixth Wife

Saturday 25th September - 10.30am
Ticket Price: £10

Alison Weir is a historian and the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Six Tudor Queens series.  Her last book in the series is the story of Henry VIII’s last wife – Katharine Parr, the queen who survived him.

Andy Cooper - Harry the Hippopotamus. A Children's Event

Saturday 25th September - 10.30am
Ticket Price: £1 per child (Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket includes one adult free of charge)

Children's event: suitable for ages 3-7.
Harry is a young hippopotamus with a big problem... he can't say the word hippopotamus!

Miriam Latimer - Doctor Potts, My Pets Have Spots. A children's event

Saturday 25th September - 11.30am
Ticket Price: £1 per child
(children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket includes one adult free of charge)

This is a children's illustration event with local illustator Miriam Latimer.  Suitable for ages 4-9 years - children are asked to bring along a sketch book so they can join in and learn some wonderful illustration techniques.

The Horrible Science Experiments Show with Nick Arnold. A Children's Event

Saturday 25th September - 11.30am
Saturday 25th September - 12.30pm
Ticket Price: £3 per child per sesssion (Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket includes one adult free of charge)

Children's event: suitable for ages 7-14.
Brace yourself for crucial challenges, queasy quizzes and the odd putrid poem.  Famously foul fun with a horrible helping of squishy bits!  Not to be missed.

Belinda Kirk - Adventure Revolution: The Life Changing Power of Choosing Challenge

Saturday 25th September - 12.00pm
Ticket Price: £10

Belinda Kirk is an explorer, speaker, and the leading voice promoting the benefits of adventure on wellbeing.  For the past twenty-five years, Belinda’s personal and professional life have revolved around adventure.  She has seen it change people first-hand: turning the timid into the confident, the addicted into the recovering, and the lost into the intentionally wandering.  This has led her to call for an Adventure Revolution.

Dr Hilary Jones - Frontline

Saturday 25th September - 2.00pm
Ticket Price: £12

Dr Hilary Jones is one of the UK’s most-loved TV personalities, offering advice and support for over 30 years on programmes including TV-AM, GMTV, Daybreak and Lorraine.  ITV’s Good Morning Britain, where he tends to viewers’ health issues, attracts 1.3m viewers every day.  He is the author of several works of non-fiction.  Frontline is his first novel.

Rich Knight - If I ran the Country. A children's event

Saturday 25th September - 2.00pm
Ticket Price: £4 per child (Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket includes one adult free of charge)

Congratulations!  You’ve just become the leader of your own country!  There are a lot of decisions to be made and not long to make them so Rich Knight is here to help.  If I Ran the Country is an introduction to politics where YOU make the decisions.
Suitable for ages 9-12.

Professor Angela Gallop - When the Dogs Don't Bark: A Forensic Scientist's Search for the Truth

Saturday 25th September - 4pm
Ticket Price: £10

In this gripping memoir, Professor Gallop describes some of her most fascinating and intriguing cases that she was worked on during her 40 years as a forensic scientist - these includes the Yorkshire Ripper, the Stephen Lawrence investigation and the Italian banker, Roberto Calvi, who was found hanging from a bridge in London.  This book reveals how they were cracked.

Stephen Walker - Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space

Saturday 25th September - 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £10

12th April 1961: a young Russian sits inside a tiny capsule on top of the Soviet Union’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile and blasts into the skies.  His name is Yuri Gagarin and he is about to make history.  Beyond tells the thrilling story behind that epic flight on its sixtieth anniversary.

VIP Reception for Friends of the Festival - Hosted by Rick and Sarah Stein

Saturday 25th September - 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £20 (to include wine, canapés and a ticket to Rick Stein's event at 8.00pm)

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Join celebrity chef Rick Stein and his wife Sarah at our fabulously exclusive Friends-only drinks and canapés reception.  This event will be held in The Library at Kingsley School, Bideford before moving into the School’s Theatre for Rick’s main event at 8.00pm.

Rick Stein - Rick Stein at Home: Recipes, Memories and Stories from a Food Lover's Kitchen

Saturday 25th September - 8.00pm
Ticket Price: £14

Rick Stein CBE is an English chef, restaurateur, cookery book author and television presenter.  He has written over 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made over 30 programmes including 12 cookery series.  He has cooked for The Queen and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and French President Jacques Chirac.

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