Radical Essex Procession

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our This Land: Launch Day last Saturday at University of Essex. We had the most wonderful time. With a full mix of “insightful, powerful and inspiring” events, workshops, performances and exhibitions alongside the mesmerising spectacle of the 500 Beach of Dreams silk pennants gently blowing in the breeze, it really was a day to remember and a very special way to kick-off the 25th edition of Essex Book Festival.

Festival Patron Sarah Perry, our Finale event for the day, summed up the magic of the day in the following words:

“Just the most extraordinary day at University of Essex for the launch event of the Essex Book Festival…I couldn’t be more proud and honoured to be an Essex Girl, the Essex Chancellor, an Essex Book Festival patron and an Essex novelist. The time of mockery is over: the era of Essex has begun!”

What an amazing endorsement!

Dr Sarah Perry, explains the importance of hosting the launch of the 2024 Essex Book Festival at University of Essex and the rich history and cultural tradition of the arts in the county of Essex.

And that’s just the start. We have so much more to come with events taking place in venues across the county over the coming month. View all upcoming events at essexbookfestival.org.uk/events/.