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August 29
  • Essex Book Camp
  • Festival Finale
  • Fiction
  • For Writers
  • In Conversation
  • In partnership
  • In person
  • Residency
  • The Story Hunters
  • Workshop
  • Young Essex

Essex Book Camp

Festival Finale


Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD

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Essex Book Festival

Join in the fun at our Essex Book Camp and Festival Finale!

With a huge range of events for all ages, including storytelling with some of East Anglia’s finest tellers; author talks and discussions; writing
and art workshops; woodland crafts; drop-in family yoga sessions, The Global Village and much, much more, Cressing Temple Barns is the place to be this August Bank Holiday

The Storytelling Tent


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” – George Bernard Shaw

We are thrilled to be welcoming five of East Anglia’s finest storytellers to our inaugural Essex Book Camp to regale us with tales of magic, wonder and adventure.

From fairies, wizards, elves and dragons, Africa to Siberia, storyteller Paul Jackson takes his audience; young and old, on magical journeys around the world.

A master of folk and fairy tales, fables, wisdom tales, and myths and legends, some of Shane Ibbs’ stories are hundreds of years old, many of which are surprisingly pertinent today.


Janina Vigurs (noun; Ya-nee-na V-eye-gers) is a storyteller and play-maker, telling tales from memory that live in her heart and bones. She’s astonishingly good at facilitating play for small and big people.

Award-winning storyteller Glenys Newton left home at an early age to work with horses in Italy. Years later she returned with a mountain of stories. She has been spinning her yarns ever since.

Driven by a passion to engage and inspire through the power of story, traditional oral storyteller and founder of Tiny Tales Storytellers Hanna

As part of the Festival finale we are honoured to be partnering with many organisations offering activities to promote wellness, the natural environment and creativity.

Whether it’s trying your hand at traditional sun-printing with artist Angenita Hardy- Bowers using flowers and leaves from The Walled Garden, pinning your Earth poem on our Poetry Tree, taking part in one of Active Essex’s family yoga sessions, or simply taking some time out to meditate, create a gratitude jar or take part in the sensory walk with wellbeing charity Heads2Minds, the challenge will be fitting it all in.

Joining us at Cressing Temple Barns we are lucky to share the space with Essex Cultural Diversity Project

The Festival Feeling Returns this Summer: Essex Cultural Diversity Project brings you Global Village Green Spaces


Essex Cultural Diversity Project is delighted to announce funding from Arts Council England, Essex County Council and ActiveEssex to support a new programme of events to celebrate diversity, engage communities and encourage activity across Essex in the county’s wonderful green spaces.

A series of taster events at country parks at Hadleigh, Belhus, Danbury and Cudmore Grove will culminate in a Global Village Lite at Cressing Temple Barns on Sunday 29 August.

Excited to be joining the Essex Book Festival finale, this will make for an inspiring day, with bespoke performances, workshops and activities for everyone to enjoy.


Cressing Temple Barns
Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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