We’re proud to work with such wonderful people at Essex Book Festival. As we run our #BackWithABang crowdfunder campaign, here are some messages of support from a few of our festival friends.

Maja Antoine-Onikoyi

Director of Maja’s Education Project
Youth & Diversity Advisor, Essex Book Festival

Maja talks about the importance of diversity in book festivals:

Liz Trenow

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction, including Under a Wartime Sky and The Silk Weaver.

Liz is festival favourite and here she speaks about the importance of book festivals to authors.

Syd Moore

Syd Moore is a bestselling novelist, former television presenter and activist. Her novels are mystery thrillers inspired by myths from the English county of Essex.

Here, Syd talks about how disappointed she was when we had to cancel the 2020 festival event due to Covid-19, and about the rewards you can pledge for in our crowdfunder campaign.

Jo Coldwell

From independent bookshop Red Lion Books, avid reader and organiser of Appetite Book Club in Colchester

In this snappy video Jo Coldwell champions Essex Book Festival and talks about the mystery books which Red Lion Books have kindly donated to our crowdfunder campaign.

Lu Williams

Artist, Curator and Director of Grrrl Zine Fair. Creator of our #ManifestoForEssex zine

As part of Essex Book Festival 2020 we commissioned artist Lu Williams to create a Manifesto For Essex Zine using contributions from our young audiences across the county. Here, Lu talks about how their views on climate change were put together into this beautiful, impactful and inspiring zine.

Help us to make Essex Book Festival 2021 bigger and better than ever by supporting our #BackWithABang crowdfunder campaign.

Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/essexbookfestivalorgukbigger-and-better-in-2021