As part of the Appledore Book Festival, local authors are holding an event in the Baptist Church on Saturday 25th September, from 10 am to 5.30 pm.

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, they’ve got it.

With talks starting at 10.30 am the event promises a packed programme of entertaining tales and anecdotes as well as tips for starting your own literary adventure. Best seller crime writer James D Mortain, creator of the detective Dean mysteries, will be speaking at 11 am. James’ talks are engaging and will leave you wanting to know more about DC Chilcott’s latest challenging case.

Find out about Devon’s fascinating folklore with podcaster Mark Norman at noon. On the Exeter Authors Association table, you will uncover an array of novels from space’s rival to Agatha Raisin to moving haiku. Children and adults alike will be captivated by Tracey’s dragon. Romance writer and creative writing coach Jenny Kane will be talking all thing love and Robin Hood at 1 o’clock.

Budding authors can find out about fulfilling their own literary dream with publishing company Goodness Me Ltd as well as uncover a world of espionage and action with resident author James Dalby, co-founder of the writing group North Devon Authors.

BBC’s Saved by a Stranger recently documented the heroic effects of a retired Scottish teacher during the 1992 crisis in Bosnia. At 12.30 pm you can hear first-hand about Clare Findlay’s determination and amazing but often harrowing journey when an offer to house two orphaned refugees turned into the rescue of over 20 survivors of the war- torn country.

Gold standard N.Joy’s novels will deliver local ghostly tales or a unique twist on an infamous serial killer and she’ll be debuting Cornish author Johanna Jackson’s Oracle cards. If you are looking for a soul-soothing experience visit Richard Small with his calming influence and talking stones or Sandy Fish for a fun police chase across the Devon and Cornwall border! Appledore Sci-fi writer Jim Jackson will be there, as will animal activist Jan Mazzoni, horror author Alexander Patrick, calligrapher Lindsey Cribble, Glenda Barnett with her Chic-Lits and debut author Phillipa Leslie.

We all know the tale of Charles Dickens poor little Oliver and the group of criminal rogues who befriend him. Have you ever wondered what happened to the loveable Artful Dodger after he walks off into the distance with Bullseye at his side? TV actor Norman Eshley and multi-genre novelist Elizabeth Revill have teamed up to follow Dickens nimble pick-pocketer as he navigates the mean streets of London. Find out more at 2 pm.

Biographers David Taylor and Adrian Danger will be speaking, and children’s authors Anne Parsons, Jennifer Gold and Tracey Slocombe will be holding talks from 3.30. Also attending the event are the Parracombe Competition winners, Katherine MacDonald with her fairy tale re-tellings at 1.30 pm and The Summits guitarist Chris Verney, promoting Pat Barrow’s book on the regions rocking heyday, will speak at 4.30 pm.

The festival team  look forward to meeting you, bring a friend, It’s Free! See you there!