We are absolutely delighted to announce our new The Book Project as part of this year’s Essex Book Festival thanks to funding from Essex County Council’s Arts and Cultural Fund.

The Book Project is a multi-facetted project to mark our 25th Edition.

Artist/Writer/Illustrator Michael Young will be leading workshops in 8 lucky primary schools across the county to create a giant concertina book to be exhibited at Cressing Temple Barns on 23rd June as part of our Midsummer Madness Day.

Primary Schools can register to take part by completing this short form:

We are also creating our own festival ink out of oak gall gathered from 25 destinations across Essex; creating a People’s Festival Charter fit for the next 25 years with the help of artist/writer/calligrapher Lora Aziz and Special Collections and Archive team University of Essex, and much more.

All will be revealed when our programme goes live on April 4th. In the meantime, here’s a flavour of things to come …