Tuesday, December 02, 2008



Irma Kurtz, Melvyn Bragg and Andrew Summers (alongside John Debenham) will be appearing at the Essex Book Festival in March, along with dozens of great writers.

The Essex Book Festival celebrates its tenth birthday in March 2009. The Launch is at Chelmsford Library on Thursday 5 March. A superb list of authors and journalists will be speakers at venues all around Essex. The full Festival Programme will be available within 80 Essex libraries from the end of December. Box Office opens 5th January 2009

So far our top names include the following

* MELVYN BRAGG talking about the authors who inspired his writing
* JOAN BAKEWELL broadcaster and journalist
* ALISON WEIR presenting her best-selling novel THE LADY ELIZABETH
* KATE ATKINSON crime novelist
* JUSTINE PICARDIE talking about her haunting novel DAPHNE
* ADELE PARKS one of Britain’s best women’s fiction writers
* JOHN SUTHERLAND with Magic Moments, the books he loved in his childhood
* JONATHAN GASH whose popular hero Lovely has returned
* SOPHIE HANNAH psychological thriller writer
* JULIA JONES, biographer of Margery Allingham
* IRMA KURTZ talks about getting older with zest
* SIMON HEFFER Essex born journalist
* MARTIN NEWELL national poet
* CHARLES ELTON prize-winning scriptwriter and novelist
* JOJO MOYES super new young author

China figures largely in the Book Festival. We will welcome many Chinese writers such as novelists Chiew Siah Tei and Liu Hong appearing along with Xinran who gives a voice to the people of China in China Witness with performers from China Arts. Caroline Courtauld will be unveiling the secrets of the Forbidden City.

This 10TH ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL will be the best yet.