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With a series of family print-making workshops in Makerspace; Young Essex festival favourite The Timebubble Machines’ giant interactive rocket taking up residence in the Foyer at Firstsite; plus a range of author events and workshops involving literary luminaries, journalists and cultural thinkers, such as, Philip Terry, Ken Worpole, Peter Tatchell, Kenan Malik, Stella Odunlami, and Liz Trenow, Colchester  will be buzzing with books and ideas this weekend.

Here is a little taster of what is going on during our PLACE weekend.

Take a look at our Events Diary for full details and to book tickets.

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Saturday 14 March at Firstsite, Colchester

11.00am James Canton – Wild Writing Workshop

11.00am Michael Dean – True Freedom, Author Talk

11:00am-4:00pm Sweatbox by Chloe Moss – short performances in the back of a prison van

12:00 & 2:00pm Colchester’s Literary Legacies, Guided Tour with Josie Watson

12:30-1:30pm Writing Sustainable Tourism, panel discussion

3.00pm Syd Moore – Writing the Archive, Writing Workshop

3.30pm Liz Trenow – Under a Wartime Sky, Author Talk

Sunday 15 March at Firstsite, Colchester

10.30am Joanna Pocock – Writing on Place in a Changing World, Writing Workshop

11.00am Ken Worpole & Hana Loftus – All at Sea?, Discussion

11.00am Susheila Nasta and Olumide Popoola – Brave New Words – The Power of Writing Now, Author Talks

12.30pm Adrian May and Marina O’Connell – Apples, Orchards and Community

1.00pm Smashing It – Working Class Artists Making It Happen, Author Talks

1.30pm Robin Brooks – Writing for Radio Masterclass, Writing Workshop

2.30pm Blackwaterside with Ultramarine and Philip Terry, Musical and Poetry Performance

3.00pm Peter Tatchell, Kenan Malik, Stella Odunlami – The power of protest: where should we draw the line? Panel Discussion

4.00pm Philip Terry and Tony White – The Word From Paris (The Penguin Book of Oulipo book launch), Author Talk

Young Essex – Events for Children and Families at Firstsite Colchester

Saturday 14 March

11.00am-4.00pm Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair, For all ages

11.00am Rachel Jane – Tallulah Goes to the Festival, for 5-9 year olds

12.30pm Gareth P Jones – Dragon Detective Workshop, for 7-11 year olds

2.00pm Josie Dom – Imagination and Creation Workshop, for 4-11 year olds

Sunday 15 March

11.00am-4.00pm The Timebubble Machine, for all ages

Read more about our Young Essex Programme of Events

Other events taking place in Colchester during our PLACE weekend

Saturday 14 March , Colchester Makerspace
10.00am – 2.00pm Printing and illustration workshops, for ages 11-16

Saturday 14 March, 11.00am, Colchester Library
Essex Book Club Symposium – Louise Hare, This Lovely City & Joanna Glen, The Other Half of Augusta Hope, Author discussion

Saturday 14 March, 2:00-4:00pm, Dice and a Slice, Colchester
Writing Time and Place with Melissa Shales, Writing Workshop

Sunday 15 March , Colchester Makerspace
10.00am – 2.00pm Printing and illustration workshops, for ages 5 and up

Take a look at our Events Diary for full details and to book tickets.

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