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Essex Book Festival AGM 2020

The AGM for Essex Book Festival will be taking place on Friday 25th September at 1pm online via Zoom. If you would like further information please ...

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Essex Steamettes Manifesto For Essex coding project

Essex Steamettes have created a Scratch Studio to showcase their Manifesto For Essex coding projects. The Scratch stories include Earth Poems and ...

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24 Hour Comic Challenge Colchester

Create a 24 page comic book in 24 hours. 3rd-4th October 2020. Pick up a free activity pack in Colchester to take part. The 24 hour comics challenge ...

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Call Out for Earth Poems

As part of our special Manifesto For Essex Exhibition, which is taking place Chelmsford City Centre as part of Heritage Open Days (11-20th September), ...

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Local children’s author launches Zoo fundraiser

Josie Dom, local children’s author, has penned an epic poem celebrating the animal kingdom who have stepped up to compete in the Animalympics. ...

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Listen to the Fashion / Remade podcast

A series of conversations and practical activities took place on Instagram last week on the theme of sustainability and the fashion industry. These ...

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Announcing the winners of our Criminally Good Crime-Writing Short Story Competition

We are delighted to announce the winner and runners up of our Criminally Good Crime-Writing Short Story Competition. Congratulations to the winner, ...

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Fashion/Remade rescheduled as live Instagram event

Rescheduled from earlier in the year, join us online on Focal Point Gallery’s Instagram page for three conversations and practical activities centred ...

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New podcast from Essex Library Services

The Only Way is Reading is a podcast brought to you by Essex Library Services. It is dedicated to bringing you great book recommendations and interest ...

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Stand Up For Diversity online event

Online via ZoomWednesday 3 June 7.30pm (registration from 7.15pm) Join us for an evening of three-minute mini-talks as we continue with our series of ...

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Mercury Theatre VE Day Celebrations

Mercury Theatre will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day this Friday 8th May, with a range of exciting, safe, socially distanced and online ...

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Event guest presents Jim Al-Khalili with personal portrait

During Essex Book Festival 2020, quantum physicist, author and broadcaster, Jim Al-Khalili gave a talk about his first ever novel, Sunfall. After the ...

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World Book Night – 23rd April

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. It is a ...

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Upload – Calling all writers, poets and storytellers

Here is your chance to showcase your talent on the BBC. You can upload any kind of content: audio, video, text and images to the BBC via their upload ...

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Writing to get you through: A six-week online writing workshop

Cath Drake, poet and nonfiction writer, is running a six-week online writing workshop called ‘Writing to Buoy Us’ which begins on the 9th April. ...

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The Reading Agency – helping you stay connected during Covid-19 isolation

The Reading Agency staff have collaborated on a toolkit containing their programmes’ digital resources as well as ideas on how to stay connected ...

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BookBound 2020: the world’s first antiviral literary festival

Monday 27 April to Sunday 3 May 2020 A new online literary festival has been launched bringing authors and readers together online for 7 days of ...

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We’re launching our Criminally Good Crime Writing Story Competition

To make up for the disappointment of cancelling this year’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend at the Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea, Essex Book ...

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Get Bunting!

To mark Essex 2020: A year of Science & Creativity, Essex Book Festival is working with its partners and friends to create a giant snake of ...

Essex Book Festival Announcement

It is with a very heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel the final events of this year’s Essex Book Festival. The safety of our ...

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Take part in Essex Libraries book amnesty this March

Look under your beds and in your cupboards for all those lost and forgotten library books – because from 1 March to 31 March Essex Libraries are ...

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1954 – Listen to a new Radio Podcast marking Marconi Centenary

As part of this year’s festival Essex-based Packing Shed Film and Theatre has released its very first radio podcast. Marking 100 years since ...

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“What an amazing experience”

A performance like no other. Riverside swimming pool in Chelmsford was transformed with an audio-visual performance inspired by JG Ballard’s The ...

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Apply for Essex Writers House residencies

Choose to stay from 2nd–8th March or 16th–20th MarchPlease note – you do not have to stay for the entire week if successful in applying.This ...

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Jess Phillips: Change of Date

Due to University strikes, we have rescheduled Labour MP Jess Phillip’s eagerly anticipated event Truth to Power at University of Essex from Thursday ...

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Fashion guru Susannah Constantine appearing at South Woodham Ferrers Library

Susannah Constantine, fashion guru of What Not to Wear fame, will be taking part in Essex Book Festival. Susannah will talk about her novels After the ...

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Mark Ellis – time and venue change

Mark Ellis will now be appearing at Grays Library at 7pm on Monday 16th March. Join thriller writer, Mark Ellis to hear about his latest book A Death ...

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More tickets released for Jennifer Potter’s event

We have just released more tickets for Jennifer Potter’s The Jamestown Brides event at Shenfield Library, Thursday 5th March. Get in quick to ...

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New event announcement: Arrival Lounge by Peeling Onions with Granny

We are delighted to announce a new event to our 2020 programme. The performance group Peeling Onions with Granny will be at Harlow Playhouse on ...

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Read all about it – Essex Book Festival featured in Essex Life Magazine

Grab a copy of the latest Essex Life magazine to read all about Essex Book Festival. Festival Director, Ros Green looks ahead to some of the books ...

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Tickets for Wet Sounds now on sale

Bizarre, magical and astonishing – don’t miss your chance to experience this unique event. Inspired by JG Ballard’s The Drowned ...

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Abe Daré and Louise Hare feature in Observer’s Top 10 debut novelists of 2020

We are thrilled that both Abi Daré and Louise Hare have made it into The Observer’s top 10 debut novelists. Make sure you don’t miss them ...

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Festival Director, Ros Green, features in Essex 2020’s first podcast

In the first episode of Essex 2020’s new Podcast series, Richard from always possible talks to our Festival Director, Ros Green, about the Essex ...

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Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment

Some events have already started selling out so please make sure you book your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment. Don’t say we ...

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Christine Dwyer Hickey Date Changed to 23rd March

This event has changed dates since the publication of our brochure. Christine Dwyer Hickey will now be appearing at Wickford Library on 23 March. See ...

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Abi Daré to take part in Essex Book Festival 2020

We will launch our full programme of events for Essex Book Festival 2020 on Monday 13th January. In the meantime, we are very excited to announce that ...

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Film based on festival artwork wins award

Huge congratulations to Polish artist, Jola Kudela, for winning the Jury Special Award at Berlin Art Film Festival for her short film “We Are ...

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Big News about Essex Book Festival announced on BBC Essex

Ros Green, Festival Director, featured on the Tony Fisher show on BBC Essex on 29th October to talk about the plans for Essex Book Festival 2020. ...

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Thanks to Polish Cultural Institute

It was wonderful to host Agnieszka Dale as writer-in-residence at our Crossing Borders writing exchange in Harwich, as part of the opening weekend of ...

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Top Twenty Books That Rock Essex

We are delighted to announce the Top Twenty Books That Rock Essex - old and new - as part of our 20th Birthday celebrations in partnership with Essex ...

Colchester Festival of Rice and Spice

Come and celebrate Colchester’s diverse communities through food, music and dance, with aromas and flavours from around the world to tickle the palate....

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Heritage Open Day & Book Festival at Galleywood Heritage Centre

Galleywood Heritage Centre is taking part in the Heritage Open Weekends with an Open Day & Book Festival on Saturday 8 September....

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Live poetry this autumn

The annual Essex Poetry Festival is visiting ten libraries this autumn: enjoy the opportunity to listen to poets reading aloud from their work, and ...

Nominate Syd’s Detective Duo in the Dead Good Reader Awards

Syd Moore, Writer-in-Residence for Essex Book Festival 2018, has just been shortlisted for the Holmes and Watson Award in the Dead Good Reader Awards! ...

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Essex Book Festival Respects Your Privacy Essex Book Festival understands that your personal information and privacy is important to you, and ...

Thank you from the Festival Team!

It’s impossible to know where to begin to thank all of the people and organisations that helped make this year’s Essex Book Festival such a success. ...

Radical Essex: Essex Book Festival 2018 went underground…

Every year, working with the Radical Essex team based at Focal Point Gallery in Southend, Essex Book Festival hosts an event in an intriguing but ...

Pop Up Essex Writer’s House: A huge success!

When our 2018 Writer-in-Residence Syd Moore expressed a desire for an Essex Writer’s House last autumn, we had no idea that she would be hosting ...

Story-Time goes from strength to strength

Telling stories is one – if not the oldest – art form known to mankind. As such, it gives Essex Book Festival enormous pleasure to offer a ...

Writing on the Inside: continuing our work with Essex prisoners

We were delighted to host our first Crime and Punishment Symposium at the University of Essex as part of the Festival programme in partnership with ...

We fulfilled our pledge to make 1000 Peace Cranes

When we embarked on our mission to make 1000 Origami Peace Cranes as part of our commemoration of the end of WW1, we never imagined that we would ...

Snapping the Stiletto seeks Poet-in-Residence

“Snapping the Stiletto” is a two year project by Essex County Council, exploring how Essex women’s lives have changed since 1918. The project has ...

SNOWMAGEDDON: is my event still on?

Well, the festival has got off to a terrific start, despite the snow. We launched on Wednesday with Billy Bragg, who drove through the blizzards to ...

Essex Prose and Poetry Competition

Age UK Essex invite you to take part in their Essex Prose and Poetry Competition 2018. Here are the details: TELL US YOUR STORY… Your memories ...

Bard of Barking joins Essex Book Festival Line up

2018 Essex Book Festival features a cricket commentary legend, crime-writing royalty, some of science’s biggest brains and so much more! Next year’s ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...