delighted to share our programme for March 2015. A programme of
events that welcomes 100+ writers, poets, dramatists, artists and
filmmakers to Essex to inspire, challenge, and most importantly, to
entertain our fabulous audiences across the County.
The programme includes everyone from the ever popular crime writer/poet Sophie Hannah and the iconic comic poet Pam Ayres, through to ex-Home Secretary Labour MP Alan Johnson, Winner of The Orwell Prize 2014 for his memoir 'This Boy', and debut author Jessie Burton, Winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year 2014 for her best-selling novel 'The Miniaturist'.
Our festival theme for 2015 is METAMORPHOSIS. This marks two new festival strands: a Human Rights strand, which will be launched by Shami Chakrabarti, Director of 'Liberty', and an Art strand, which will be launched by Maggi Hambling, one of the UK's most distinguished contemporary artists.
It also recognises our exciting new partnership with Southend Libraries. Together, that is, with our inaugural international literary twinning with Poland, which fittingly will culminate in a Polish/UK writer's event 'Literary Piers' in The Park Inn Palace Hotel at one end of the world's longest pleasure pier in Southend-on-Sea.
We'll keep you posted about what's coming up over the next few months, including any unexpected changes or exciting additions to the programe. It's up to you to keep us posted with any other literary events which you would like us 'flag up' here. We'll do our best to accommodate if possible...
See you in March!
Ros Green (Director, Essex Book Festival)
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Food and the Soldiers of the Great War
11 February 2015
Jessie Burton in conversation with actress Hayley Atwell
06 February 2015
Jane Dolby - 'Song of The Sea'
07 January 2015
The Bridport Prize 2015
06 January 2015
Win a Festival Book
06 January 2015