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EVENTS AT OTHER VENUES AROUND APPLEDORE

During the Festival some local venues and establishments will be arranging their own events and activities - so keep an eye out for information in local shops, cafes and pubs.

Appledore Comedy Festival | 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th September | Community Hall
See   www.facebook.com/Appledore-Community-Hall-1424634867810855/   for more details


Jazz: Nicolas Meier's World Group | The Beaver Inn, Appledore | 20th September | 8.30pm.  Tel 01237 474822 to book a table.

Churchyard Walk (self-guided) | Collect tour notes from Information Desk in Church Hall | 20th - 25th Sept | Donations requested.

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 - Musician, Actor and Film Score Composer - In Conversation

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


In 1994, along with three friends, Dom formed Reef - the internationally renowned and acclaimed British rock band.  They achieved great success and had a platinum album. Dom will be sharing his rock star tales of working with Peter Gabriel, jamming with Jools Holland, and recording with Ray Davies, to name a few!  He will also be discussing his time growing up in North Devon, as well as playing some of his recordings and sharing photos from his time with Reef

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.

The Appledore Walk with David Carter

Tuesday 21st September - 10:00am  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
Friday 24th September - 10:30am  (tickets available)
Ticket Price: £7


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!

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.

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

Saturday 18th September - 1.30pm  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
Monday 20th September - 9.30am  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
Friday 24th September - 3pm  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
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.

Linda Calvey - 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: £12


Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist.  He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed 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.

Walk On The Wild Side with Martin Unwin

Friday 17th September - 2.00pm  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
Sunday 19th September - 3.30pm  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
Wednesday 22nd September - 9.00am  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
Saturday 25th September - 9.00am  This event has now sold out.  Sorry – our Waiting Lists are now closed.
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.

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.
With over 100 books across every genre, you’ll find the perfect escape. From romantic liaisons to international spy mysteries, you’ll discover an array of talent. There will be book signings, talks throughout the day and cake! Crime, action, romance, sci-fi, history, children’s, holistic, poetry, comedy, horror, fantasy, local interest – you name it, we’ve got it. 
 

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)

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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 has 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, Lorraine and 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

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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.

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

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

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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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