Your Festival Needs You…

We are looking for people to help out at the next Essex Book Festival which is taking place in June 2024.

Our team of volunteers, or ‘Festival Bookies’, play a crucial role in the smooth running of the festival. Join the festival family and be part of the festival buzz.

Could you be a Festival Bookie?

To be a Festival Bookie you will need to be:

– Friendly, calm and courteous in dealing with the public
– Enthusiastic and have an interest in books and stories
– Supportive of the Festival in our commitment to making events accessible and welcoming
– Punctual, reliable and hardworking
– Over 16

What does a Festival Bookie do?

There are many different tasks that Festival Bookies can help with from distributing brochures and putting up posters in the months leading up to the festival, to setting up venues, ushering audiences, answering queries and serving refreshments at festival events. In return for your help you will receive perks including attending festival events for free (subject to availability) and you can be entered into a prize draw to win a bundle of festival books.

Read our Volunteer Policy

How do I become a Festival Bookie?

To register your interest in becoming a Festival Bookie complete our Volunteer Registration Form.

If you have any queries about becoming a Festival Bookie please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Claire, [email protected] with Festival Bookies in the subject line.