FREEDOM AND EXPRESSION. Join Essex Book Festival and University of Essex at Freeword Centre, London, on 17th July for a symposium that explores what it means to produce and engage with art made under restraint, both for artists and their audiences.

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.

Work is already underway for March 2016. Please let us know if you have any ideas about what or who you would like to see in the Festival programme next year. We can't promise anything but we'll do our best! 

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

Keep in touch and see you soon

Ros Green (Director, Essex Book Festival)


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