Lucy Popescu calls for support for ‘A Country to Call Home’

Lucy Popescu is looking for people to support her new book A Country to Call Home. Building on the success of A Country of Refuge, featured in Essex ...

GAWP! Green Alphabet Writing Prize

Flipside, the East Anglian literary and arts festival, is launching a writing competition for writers of all ages in a search for inspirational ...

New Writer in Residence, Clacton Library

For the next three months, all those interested in talking over any aspect of writing or books can drop in to West Clacton Library between 10am and ...

Wioletta Greg longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize!

We are delighted to find out today that Wioletta Greg, who is talking to Sarah Perry this Saturday 18 March in Harlow about her new book, Swallowing ...

Claim Your Space!

Be part of a large-scale artwork, popping up on walls around Harlow this March! Polish artist Jola Kudela creates beautiful murals, claiming public ...

Golden Age of Crime: Make a Weekend of it!

Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend is being hosted by Park Inn by Radisson Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea. This magnificent ...

The Essex Serpent wins Waterstones Book of the Year

In the New Year we will be announcing our programme for Essex Book Festival 2017, and are thrilled by the news that The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, ...

Stamp Your Passports at Festival Learning Destinations!

Essex Book Festival is partnering with Essex Children’s University, which provides 5-14 year olds with exciting learning experiences outside school. ...

FESTIVAL 4: Ticket offer

For Essex Book Festival 2017 we are offering four events for the price of three on selected talks. Just choose any four events with the ‘Festival 4’ ...

The Swan at Lavenham’s first Children’s Literary Festival

Lavenham Children’s Literary Festival Friday 28 – Saturday 29 October 2016 The Swan at Lavenham are proud to announce the first Lavenham Children’s ...

Lavenham Literary Dinner

Lavenham Literary Dinner Friday 11 November The evening begins at 6.30pm £50 per person An Evening with Professional Storyteller Vanessa Woolf. The ...

Farleigh Hospice welcomes Essex author Nick Ardley

Farleigh Hospice invites you to meet Nick Ardley, author of Swinging the Lamp – Thames Estuary Tidal Tales – All welcome! Nick Ardley sails the Thames ...

Essex Book Festival’s Crime Writing Short Story Competition 2016: Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of our very first Crime Writing Short Story Competition. Congratulations to: 1st Prize: Bella D’Arcy ...

Become a Reading Ambassador

The Publishers Association are calling on all book-lovers to become Reading Ambassadors. The reading for pleasure charities they work with have ...

Celebrating Home with friends and ‘enemies’

Hundreds flocked to Firstsite for our HOME Weekend, taking part in writing and art workshops, a plethora of panel discussions, fabulous songs and ...

Essex Schools’ Book Bonanza

Featuring Michael Rosen, Julian Clary, Axel Scheffer, Philip Ardagh, and Children’s Laureate Chris Ridell. Essex Book Festival is absolutely ...

Lovereading in a Nutshell

Essex Book Festival is now featured on the UK’s Leading Book Recommendation website lovereading.co.uk Helping people choose their next book, ...

Tea, cakes and fabulous fiction in Colchester

If you’re in a book group or just love reading, come along to Colchester Library on Saturday 20 February, where you can expect an entertaining ...

Festival Launch sold out!

Within 10 days of the box office opening, our fabulous Festival Launch with Grayson Perry is now sold out. Book your tickets for other events to ...

Pop Up on Canvey Island: 4,000 children engage in reading

In partnership with the Essex Book Festival, 140 classes in Canvey Island schools will be taking part in their third annual Pop Up ...