Join three of the UK's best graphic novel creators - Karrie Fransman, Stephen Collins and Hannah Berry - for a talk on how to turn your idea into reality

Graphic Stories

Maggi Hambling, one of the UK's most significant and controversial artists, will be discussing her latest exhibition and book 'War Requiem & Aftermath' at Essex Book Festival on March 15.

Jessie Burton, Winner of Waterstones Book of the Year 2014 Award for her debut novel 'The Miniaturist', will be in conversation with actress Hayley Atwell aka Agent Carter in the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford campus).

Come and join us for 'An Evening of Public Shaming' - an illustrated one-man show with journalist and documentary-maker Jon Ronson of 'Men Who Stare At Goats' fame.

Bestselling author, television presenter and columnist Judy Finnigan (Richard and Judy Book Club) will be talking to husband and co-presenter Richard Madeley about her new book 'I Do Not Sleep' 7.30pm on March 2nd at Anglia Ruskin University

Welcome to Essex Book Festival

The Essex Book Festival is now done and dusted for another year and we hope that everyone who joined us had as much fun as we did.

With 100+ authors/artists/performers taking part in 65 events hosted by 35 venues across the county, it really was a marathon month.

The programme included everything from our first international literary twinning 'Literary Piers' with Poland, which took place in Southend and culminated in a fascinating panel discussion: 'HOME', through to an animated and thought-provoking conversation between bestselling author Jessie Burton and actress Hayley Atwell at Anglia Ruskin University. This was followed by an unmissable magical evening with crime writer Sophie Hannah at South Woodham Ferrers Library. Not to mention a great night  of wild writing with Katharine Norbury and Melissa Harrison in Leigh-on-Sea.

Other Festival highlights included our Launch event with the Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti; 'An Evening of Public Shaming' with Jon Ronson;an afternoon with maverick artist and national treasure Maggi Hambling talking about her latest exhibition and book 'War Requiem and Aftermath', and the wonderful husband and wife team Richard and Judy discussing Judy Finnigan's most recent book 'I Do Not Sleep'

And that's just the tip of the ice-berg. We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many excellent writers, poets, dramatists and spoken word artists to Essex for what we like to think was the County's best ever great big book party! 

Work is already underway for March 2016. Please get in touch if you have any ideas about what or who your would like to see in the Festival programme next year.

In the meantime, we would really like to thank everyone who took part in this year's Festival. Suffice it to say there are too many people to thank individually, but nothing would have been possible without our funders and partners:  Essex County Council, Southend Borough Council, University of Essex, Anglia Ruskin University, The Minories, Essex Libraries, Southend Libraries, The Mercury Theatre, Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Arts Council England.

And, of course, a huge thanks to YOU too! 

See you soon

Ros Green (Director, Essex Book Festival)


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