Keeping You Safe

We are keen for you to understand the measures we are putting in place to keep you safe during our in person events. Here are few that we are implementing in line with our partners at Essex and Thurrock Libraries, Layer Marney Tower, Chelmsford Theatres, and Explore Essex (The Story Hunters Project Workshops and Festival... Read more »...

The Story Hunters Project

In the next few weeks, we will launch the Story Hunters Project together with a dedicated page that will track and exhibit your flash fiction submissions from 20 locations in the geographical county of Essex. This year it is taking the form of a competition, with the winner being announced at our Festival Finale at... Read more »...

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Were you born in 1999? Are you 20 this year?

If so, get in touch by emailing us at hello@essexbookfestival.org.uk. In 2019 we will be celebrating our 20th Birthday as well, and want to celebrate with you, with free tickets to events and other goodies. We’d love to hear from you!...

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The Books That Rock

What’s your favourite book set in or featuring Essex? Essex Book Festival will be 20 years old in 2019 and to celebrate we’re asking for suggestions for the best reads with an Essex connection. The top 20 titles will go to a public vote and the winning title announced on LV18 the former Radio Caroline... Read more »...

Tower Tales: Let’s Go Fly a Kite

For Essex Book Festival 2018 we invited Ruth Raymer to be writer-in-residence at Jaywick Martello Tower. Ruth spent a week at the tower, talking with visitors, writing and delivering writing workshops. Let’s Go Fly a Kite was used as a basis for storytelling as part of our Festival Finale on 31 March.   Let’s Go Fly a... Read more »...

Ruth Raymer’s Tower Tales

For Essex Book Festival 2018 we invited Ruth Raymer to be writer-in-residence at Jaywick Martello Tower. Ruth spent a week at the tower, talking with Jaywick residents and visitors, researching into its history, writing and delivering writing workshops, and storytelling as part of our Festival Finale on 31 March.   Tower ‘C’ – Peace Tower... Read more »...

Re-mapping the Tower: our Jaywick Writer-in-Residence Ruth Raymer

For Essex Book Festival 2018 we invited Ruth Raymer to be writer-in-residence at Jaywick Martello Tower. In this entry Ruth talks broadly about her experience, recounting her week at the tower, time spent talking with Jaywick residents and visitors, writing, and walking in and around the area.   Jaywick Martello Tower – Writer’s Residency Report... Read more »...