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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 ...

Festival Launch sold out!

Within 10 days of the box office opening, our fabulous Festival Launch with Grayson Perry is now sold out. Book your tickets for other events to ...

Pop Up on Canvey Island: 4,000 children engage in reading

In partnership with the Essex Book Festival, 140 classes in Canvey Island schools will be taking part in their third annual Pop Up ...