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March 23 - March 24
  • Young Essex

PLACE weekend

Firstsite and other venues in Colchester
An image of Firstsite art gallery in Colchester


Firstsite and other venues, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Free – £25
Please see individual events for ticket prices

Join us for a fun and thought-provoking weekend of author events, debates, workshops and storytelling in Colchester.

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

12.00 – 3.30pm | The Mothership Project
12.00 – 3.00pm | Live Poetry Juke Box
12.30 – 1.00pm | Storytelling with Josie Dom
2.00 – 3.00pm | Storytelling with Bunny Galore
+ more to come!


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


Firstsite and other venues
Colchester, CO1 1JH