With Sunday Times’ best-selling author Simon Scarrow pondering on what the Romans would have made of Brexit, Drag Queen Bunny Galore’s spot in our Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair, writer Tim Burrow’s contemplation on ‘The Meaning of ‘Essex”, and author Bridget Collins’ hugely entertaining gothic tale The Binding, this year’s PLACE weekend promises to be a rich blend of fact, fantasy and fabula.
We also have our very first Essex Book Festival Human Library – where BOOKS are PEOPLE, and READING is a CONVERSATION. Come along, choose a book, and enjoy an experience that promises to stimulate and challenge.
For our Young Essex Day on Saturday 23 March, families an have a fabulous day out exploring place, identity, history and heritage through books, reading, writing and storytelling. Our Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair is back; there’ll be bookmaking, writing workshops, origami boatbuilding and Chinese calligraphy as part of The Mothership Project, when children in Essex will be exchanging messages of love and friendship with children in China.
At Firstsite (for adults)
SAT 23 | 10.30am – 12.30pm | Bookmaking for Adults
SAT 23 | 11.00am – 12.00pm | Island Song, Madeleine Bunting
SAT 23 | 2.00 – 3.00pm |The Blood of Rome, Simon Scarrow
SAT 23 | 3.30 – 4.30pm | New Daughters of Africa
SUN 24 | 12.00 – 4.00pm | Human Library
SUN 24 | 12.00 & 2.00pm | Colchester Literary Legacies
SUN 24 | 11.00am | Ken Worpole, Radical Communities on the River Stour
SUN 24 | 1.00pm | Tim Burrows, The Meaning of ‘Essex’
SUN 24 | 3.00pm | Jennifer Lucy Allan and Luke Turner
Colchester Library and other venues
SAT 23, 2.00pm | The Binding, Bridget Collins
Drop in and free events
11.00am – 12.30pm | Tides and Tales Workshop
1.30 – 3.00pm | Imagination & Creation Workshop
2.00 – 3.30pm | Create a Secret Treasure Island: Bookmaking workshop