HOUSEHOLD names once again flock to Appledore to talk at the annual book festival. Lyn Callaghan reveals a lustrous lineup that includes Michael Palin, Richard Madeley, Judy Finnigan, Jonathan Dimbleby, Peter Snow, Kate Humble, Lynda La Plante and Kate Adie.
THIS year's festival, its seventh, has attracted stars from all parts of the literary world. There's Monty Python's Michael Palin, for example, whose phenomenal career in comedy, travel, writing and film has made him such a respected household name. He will be talking about his book Brazil before introducing the Python's Life Of Brian, at the Festival's Film Night.
Judi Spiers also has two interviewing spots, one with crime writer Lynda La Plante and the other with politician and author, Michael Dobbs.
TV presenters Richard Madeley and and Judy Finnigan, who have helped many authors through their book club, will discuss their new life as writers with best-selling author Veronica Henry.
Political commentators Jonathan Dimbleby and Peter Snow will delve into the past at their events. Jonathan will focus on the battle of El Alamein while Peter will be talking about his new book When Britain Burned The White House – The 1814 Invasion Of Washington.
The diverse list seems endless and also includes Springwatch presenter Kate Humble, news correspondent Kate Adie, poets Ruth Padel, Dr Sally Flint and Pam Ayres, novelists Kate Furnival and Andrew Miller, historical fiction writer Ben Kane, authors Natasha Solomons, Julie Summers and Ginny Baily and biographers Piers Dudgeon, Jim Ring and Carole Seymour-Jones.
Aslo appearing are Times night editor Simon Pearson, non-fiction writers Giles Milton and Deri Rundle plus historians Roy and Leslie Atkins.
The New Voices event for blossoming authors continues while jazz singer Tina May, comedian Les Barker, chef Michael Caines, War Horse puppeteer Ruth Rogers, quilter Jo Colwill and Hollywood Costumes expert Keith Lodwick, the Martin Speak Trio and Forkbeard Fantasy add to this special mix.
Local interest is provided by low carbon guru Mukti Mitchell, historians Peter Christie and David Carter, landscape expert Peter Keene, film maker Chris Chapman, Terry Bailey's Ghost Walk, a book fair, a book quiz and Appledorian Day.
The popular Military Wives Choir and Appledore Silver Band launch the Festival with an evening concert on Friday, September 27.
Tickets for the Festival, which runs from September 27 to October 6, will be on sale to the public from July 12 and can be bought at the ABF Box Office, Docton Court Gallery, 2, Myrtle Street, Appledore, EX39 1PH. Tel: 01237 424949 or online at www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk.