Monday, 13 March 2017

Essex Book Festival - March/April programme

After a "fabulous launch and opening week", Essex Book Festival are gearing up for what they promise to be "an exciting second week" of the festival, which runs throughout March. Events in the programme yet to come can be viewed online from the festival website.

The festival was established in 1999, "to celebrate the book in all its forms with the widest possible audience in Essex. Since then it has grown into one of the leading festivals of its kind in the Eastern Region, inviting local writers and writers from all over the world to take part its activities. It also hosts a year round series of writing and reading programmes for all ages and abilities."

In April a Radical Writing Retreat will be hosted, in partnership with University of Essex and Radical Essex. Based at the Othona Community in Bradwell-on-Sea – one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Essex – the Essex Radical Writing Retreat will be a mix of inspirational and experimental workshops, readings, performances, walks and critiques, all designed to help push the boundaries of your writing.

Participating writers include landscape writer and social historian Ken Worpole (350 Miles: An Essex Journey; The New English Landscape), Essex-based novelist, Kate Worsley (She Rises), Award-winning poet and novelist, Philip Terry (Tapestry; Dante’s Inferno; Quennets), poet and folksinger, Dr Adrian May (Ballads of Bohemian Essex; Discovering England), and storyteller, Glenys Newton (Home Flown – The Laymamma’s Guide to an Empty Nest) winner of The Guardian's Moth Award for Live Storytelling in 2015.

The retreat is led by Dr James Canton (Out of Essex; Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into Prehistoric Britain) who teaches on the MA in Wild Writing at the University of Essex, and Ros Green, Director of Essex Book Festival.

The retreat runs from 5th to 7th April. For more information, including how to book your place, is available from the festival website.

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