Thursday, December 18, 2008


The 10th Essex Book Festival! The biggest and best ever! Few pics of earlier festivals which include Martin Newell, Gilda O'Neill, some of the BBC Essex folk and a few other friends.

2009 Book Festival programme

The festival patrons are Francis Wheen and Germaine Greer and, for the first time this year, writer and journalist Sylvia Kent and novelist Barbara Erskine.

The full Festival programme will be available in libraries from the end of December. The Box Office opens 5th January 2009. You can book by post using the booking form in the programme, by telephone 01206 573948 or go to:
The Essex Book Festival is the biggest reading festival in the Eastern region. Each year best-selling authors and up-and-coming writers appear at the festival.

In 2009 The Essex Book Festival will celebrate its 10th birthday. With a formidable line-up of writers, poets, journalists and broadcasters we are sure you will get inspiration and awaken your own creative mind.

With over 60 events throughout March and across Essex, there's really something for everyone. You will be able to meet some of the biggest names in writing today, plus the pick of home-grown Essex writers. It's a unique opportunity for readers and writers to meet through readings, discussions and performances.
Some of the top names include:
Broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg. Discover unique insights into the life of this prolific author and broadcaster. Melvyn Bragg will talk about writers who draw on their own lives for inspiration, including his own powerful autobiographical novels.

2 March 7.45pm
Civic Theatre
Fairfield Road
Chelmsford CM1 1JG
Tickets £12/£10
Box Office 01245 606500

Joan Bakewell
Meet iconic writer and broadcaster Joan Bakewell, one of Britain's most influential journalists. Joan's first novel, All the Nice Girls, is a sweeping story of love and loss, in which wartime events of 1942 reverberate to the next generation.

6 March 7.30pm
Grignon Hall
Felsted School
Felsted CM6 3LL
Tickets £10/£8

Roy Hattersley
One of the key figures in twentieth century politics and now a successful author and journalist Roy Hattersley shares with us his insightful view of Britain between the wars, from his latest book, Borrowed Time.

10 March 7.30pm
Anglia Ruskin
Bishop Hall Lane
Tickets £10/£8

Alison Weir's book The Lady Elizabeth
Alison Weir Is a popular historian, bringing the past to life in biographies and novels. The Lady Elizabeth is a story of suspense, tragedy and intrigue in the period before Elizabeth became Queen.

18 March 3pm
Wickford Library
Market Road
Tickets £4/£3

Free event
Martin Newell

Broadcaster, songwriter and rock musician Martin Newell presents poetry for people who don't like it and for those who do. Prepare for a lively, humorous evening of Martin's unique take on life.

25 March 7.30pm
Maldon Library
Carmelite House
White Horse Lane
Maldon CM9 5FW
Tickets £6.50/£4.50

Other well-known names appearing are:

* Journalist and writer Justine Picardie
* Crime writers Simon Brett and Essex-based Jonathan Gash
* Acclaimed poet and psychological thriller writer Sophie Hannah
* Louis de Bernieres performing music and words in the Antonius Players
* Essex novelists Barbara Erskine and Jojo Moyes

There will be crime, history, life-style and creative writing events, storytelling events for the whole family, comics workshops and events to celebrate the Jiangsu Festival. And, as ever, Essex writers will be well represented.

If you would like to download the programme please click on the image on the right.
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