Making Waves; our five shortlisted writers plays are all now available to listen to in our Extra section. Hollie Hughes' play was chosen as overall winner by judge Jessica Dromgoole. See what you think.

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Congratulations James Smythe for making it to the shortlist for the Arthur C Clarke Award - the UK's foremost science fiction prize. We're gunning for you!

Evie Wyld talked to a delighted audience in Mersea about her work on 26 March. She was one of Granta's Best Young Novelists and Costa Book Award Shortlist for All the Birds, Singing in 2013

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Essex Book Festival is delighted to announce that the winner of its 2014 writing competition MAKING WAVES is Hollie Hughes with her audio drama A Leap of Faith.

To listen to Hollie's play

Well done Sathnam Sanghera for being longlisted for the Desmond Elliot prize with Marriage Material. Remember you saw him here first!

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Welcome to Essex Book Festival

Well it's all over for another year.  What an amazing month that was!  Nearly 70 events all over Essex and some extraordinary writers and events.  We finish on a great high as Hollie Hughes is announced as the winner of the Making Waves competition with her play A Leap of Faith.  All five writers who were shortlisted, did brilliantly and we highly recommend a listen to each of them - they're all winners.  Go to the Extra section.

There were lots of highlights for us in the office and I'm sure you all have your own favourites too.  We had lots of popular well known authors as well as a fine collection of newer authors who were fascinating and enthused us about their work.   I know many of you have very big piles of books waiting to be read now.

If you would like us to include any literary events on the website, drop us an email.

Have you been to an Essex Book Festival Event, and would you like to share your experience? Please tell us what you thought here!


Evie Wyld longlisted
13 February 2014

Crime at Essex Book Festival
05 February 2014

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
04 February 2014

The Bridport Prize
28 January 2014

History Writers Association
07 October 2013