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

We're currently putting the final touches to next year's Festival programme, which will include 60+ events across Essex, and 100+ writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, and musicians, in what is the UK's only month-long county-wide book-inspired fiesta of its kind... 

The full programme will be available on 6th January 2016 but in the meantime we are delighted to be able to announce that the wonderful Grayson Perry will be launching the Festival on 29th February at Anglia Ruskin University's (Chelmsford Campus). Tickets do not go on sale until 6th January so there is still plenty of time to get your fingers on the buzzer.  

Other events to watch out for are Louis De Bernieres and Vince Cable, both of whom will be appearing at the University of Essex (Colchester campus), our inaugural Golden Age of Crime Weekend at The Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea, and our Talking Home/Writing Home weekend based at firstsite Gallery in Colchester: a series of talks, workshops and events exploring what HOME means to people, especially people do not have anywhere to call HOME. 

This is just the tip of the ice-berg. Over the coming months we will be keeping everyone up to speed on developments. Join us on Facebook and Twitter, and check here for more details. Likewise, if you would like to be involved in anyway, please do get in touch. 

Of course, none of this would have been possible without our funders, partners and friends, incuding our key funders  Essex County Council, Southend Borough Council, University of Essex, and Arts Council England. And so a huge "Thank You" to all of them! 

Keep in touch and see you soon.

Ros Green (Director, Essex Book Festival)

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