Tribute to the Queen will crown a successful Appledore Book Festival

Appledore Book Festival continues this week and has now moved to Skern Lodge for its remaining four days – including a very special tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The festival is hosting a special commemorative event as it remembers the late Queen.

Robert Hardman, one of Britain’s most accomplished journalists, leading writers and broadcasters on the British Royal Family, is joining the festival on Sunday, September 25 to talk about the life of our late Queen and discuss his latest book, Queen of Our Times – The Life of Queen Elizabeth II.

His new biography of Queen Elizabeth II is based on a wealth of exclusive new material and brings us the full story of one of our greatest and best-loved monarchs.

Robert has been commenting extensively on Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing and will be able to offer an insight into the nation’s period of mourning, the pageantry, her state funeral and the future of our new King.

The festival started on September 15 and is well-known for attracting big names from the world of literature, television, broadcasting, radio, and comedy.

It has already welcomed best-selling author Robert Harris; everyone’s favorite poet, Pam Ayres; antiques expert Ronnie Archer-Wood; acclaimed author Sadie Jones; and children’s author Michael Morporgu to name but a few!

There’s also been a whole host of exciting fringe events running throughout the duration of the festival which will continue to take place in and around the village and at Skern Lodge until the end of the festival. These include an art exhibition, art and craft workshops and masterclasses.

As the festival moves to Skern Lodge, the first event to be held on Thursday, September 22 in the now infamous big top, is Alan Titchmarsh, one of the nation’s favorite TV personalities and best-selling author, who will be taking to the festival. stage to chat about his latest novel.

The stellar line-up continues with Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke, national treasure Sue Barker; former politicians Lord David Owen and Vince Cable, the king of broadcasting Chris Tarrant; radio royalty Justin Webb; BBC Watchdog’s Matt Allwright; TV personality Fern Britton; and the festival’s very own patrons Jeremy Vine and Ann Cleeves.

For the festival’s final event on the eve of Sunday, September 25, the festival is heading back to the 70s for an evening of 70s nostalgia with author and legendary music journalist Will Hodgkinson. Relive the decade of disco, punk, glam rock, funk and soul. Expect music, dancing, a cash bar and a 70s inspired sweet stall!

There’s still time to book tickets for the remaining events, you can book online at, call the box office on 01237 424949.

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