Join us for the Festival LAUNCH at 2.30pm on March 1 at The Forum Special guest Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Director of Liberty, will be talking about her book 'On Liberty'

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.

We're delighted that Jessie Burton, Winner of Waterstones Book of the Year 2014 Award for her stunning debut novel 'The Miniaturist', will be in conversation with actress Hayley Atwell aka Agent Carter from 'Captain America'

OUT OF ESSEX: Celebrating 50 years of Poetry & Theatre at the University of Essex. Two fabulous days of readings, talks and performances with writer & filmmaker Iain Sinclair, playwright Nick Dear, and many others.

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

We're 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 Cultural Centre at the 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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Judy Finnigan
07 January 2015

The Bridport Prize 2015
06 January 2015

Win a Festival Book
06 January 2015