Hurrah, we’re finally able to share all of the amazing festival events taking place across Essex this June. Here’s a quick and easy link to our digital brochure.

Tickets can be booked via the events page or by popping into the Mercury Theatre’s Box Office in Colchester or calling them on 01206 872739.

A few of our events are in partnership with other venues/organisations including Hedingham Castle and Saffron Hall – full booking details are available on our website but if you have any problems please email us at hello@essexbookfestival.org.uk.

We really hope you can join us on our annual marathon around the county. And if/when you do, please help spread the word with friends and family via our festival hashtag #essexbookfestival. Despite our best intentions we’re often too flat out this end to take as many photos or videos of events as we would like to, so it’s fantastic to see everyone else’s on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok feeds.

See you all very very soon.


Collaborating with Cuckoo Farm Studios – In My Steps: Radical Walks in Essex

We are delighted to be teaming up with Cuckoo Farm Studios in Colchester as part of this year’s series of In My Steps: Radical Walks.

Festival ‘favourite’, poet and songwriter Adrian May, has just published his latest book Boot Sale Harvest, a seasonal journey around the county’s boot sales (what Grayson Perry recently described as being ‘a very casual museum’).

He will be inviting people to join him on one of his Sunday morning strolls around Colchester Car Boot Sale, and then having made a purchase – or two – to take part in a writing workshop inspired by those purchases just down the road at Cuckoo Farm Studios.

4th June, Boot Sale Harvest, In My Steps: Radical Walks and Writing Workshop with Adrian May.

Cuckoo Farm Studios is also hosting two exhibitions: Salvage: Curated by Iria Gunnarsdottir 3rd-21st June: a group exhibition focusing on works made from reclaimed and re-cycled materials, and Beyond Surface: 24th June – 12th July, photographs, hand-made books, poetry and text by Terry Flower.

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