Celebrating Essex Book Festival 2020

After 18 wonderful days the Essex Book Festival has called time on this year’s programme and have offered a huge thanks to everyone who has taken part. They will be sharing more information over the coming days for those who have bought tickets for now cancelled events but let’s also take a moment to celebrate the incredible performances they’ve hosted over the past couple of weeks!

This year’s festival kicked off with a brilliant launch event with the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid who hosted a discussion on her latest book How the Dead Speak and was interviewed ahead of the event by The Guardian here

Known for it’s creative interpretation of the written word, the Festival welcomed Wet Sounds to Chelmsford’s Riverside swimming pool transforming it into an underwater dystopia inspired by JG Ballard’s The Drowned World – Stuart Jeffries from The Guardian jumped in to experience the unusual event and you can read all about it here (main photo credit: Teri Pengilley/The Guardian).

More recently the inspiring space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock gave a talk on her latest work The Book of the Moon and spoke to The Telegraph about what her younger self would make of her today – you can read it again here .

And in times of protest and unrest we heard from human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for the i ahead of his event which took place on Sunday alongside Observer columnist Kenan Malik and artist Stella Odunlami, chaired by Index on Censorship editor in chief Rachael Jolley.

Once again we’d like to thank Ros Green, Director of the Book Festival and her team for their creativity and challenging programme again this year and we are looking forward to seeing what next year holds for us all!

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