Tuesday, December 15, 2009


It doesn't seem long ago that I was promoting this year's Essex Book Festival launched in March. Yet, within a week or so, the promotional brochures showcasing the Book Festival for 2010 will be available, free of charge. There is the most fantastic line-up of award-winning writers and personalities - something for absolutely everyone! Top names include Germaine Greer, former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell, BBC news presenter George Alagiah, top broadcaster and journalist, Francis Wheen, and poets Andrew Motion and Martin Newell.

They will be appearing at venues across the county as so many of our best-known authors, journalists and poets have over the eleven years that the Essex Book Festival has been running. It gets better every year and, as well as the most famous names known nationally and internationally, there will also be new and up-and-coming writers.

Also listed among the luminaries are my favourites, Margaret Drabble, Rose Tremain, Penelope Lively, Alexander McCall Smith, Mike Gayle, Joanne Harris, Barbara Erskine and Reggie Perrin creator David Nobbs. As ever, the Essex Book Festival will cover a huge range of themes, from history to health, and creative writing enthusiasts will be more than happy with the choice of programme. The box office opens on January 7th 2010. For more information visit www.essexbookfestival.org.uk or pick up a festival brochure from your local Essex library from the end of December.

This year I am again a Patron of the Festival along with Germaine Greer, Francis Wheen and Barbara Erskine. Press enquiries: Lorna Gott, Account Executive, Communications 07879 116381 lorna.gott@essex.gov.uk

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