Essex Book Festival announce their BRAVE NEW WORLDS programme for 2020

On the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s historic arrival in the New World, Director Ros Green’s dynamic and eclectic programme demonstrates how this year’s Essex Book Festival provides the perfect vessel to hitch a life to a host of BRAVE NEW WORLDS. During the entire month of March, the Festival will be welcoming over 300 speakers to take part in 100 events in 40 venues across the whole county of Essex, and this year we’ll be kicking off with the incredible Val McDermid.

 

 

Events include:

BRAVE NEW WORLDS| 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAYFLOWER I A MANIESTO FOR ESSEX 

A YEAR OF SCIENCE AND CREATIVITY I STELLA: A STORY OF WOMEN, THEIR MEN AND ASTRONOMY

 TREE-MEND-US DAY I THE POWER OF PROTEST I REACHING FOR UTOPIA I WET SOUNDS 

SMASHING IT: WORKING CLASS ARTISTS MAKING IT HAPPEN I HOUSE OF HIP HOP I SWEATBOX

CROSSING BORDERS WRITERS EXCHANGE | NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD  

 OH THE PLACES WE’LL GO I ESSEX WRITER’S HOUSE I GOLDEN AGE OF CRIME

Recognised for taking on critical themes the Essex Book Festival will be leading the charge on climate change and Essex 2020: A Year of Science and Creativity working with young people across Essex to create A Manifesto For  Essex which, using words, print, and film, aims to articulate and present a greener vision for the whole county. The programme will include an unmissable underwater performance by Wet Sounds, fascinating talks by BBC Radio 4 Life Scientific Presenter Professor Jim Al-Khalili and a Tree-Mend-Us ‘treeinspired’ Day in Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre.

The festival will also be welcoming Jess Phillips MP to talk about her Sunday Times bestselling book Truth to Power, as well as human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who alongside writer & broadcaster Kenan Malik and artist & researcher Stella Odunlami will discuss all things Protest and Dissent.

And, in the sprit of the central theme of Brave New Worlds, Essex will be celebrating the 400th anniversary celebrations of The Mayflower which left Harwich for the New World, as well as,  200 years since The Beagle took Darwin from the East of England to the Galapagos, 100 years since Marconi broadcast Dame Nellie Melba from Chelmsford and revolutionised the way we communicate. We’ll also be heading back to Essex’s ‘new towns’ Basildon and Harlow, where we will be talking Utopia with New Statesman editor James Cowley and rolling out the drums with traditional African performer storyteller Efua Sey and others to celebrate the county’s rich cultural diversity and heritage.

So there’s no excuse not to join us for what promises to be a challenging and exciting odyssey around Essex, with events taking place in venues as diverse as Tudor Palace Layer Marney Tower; a swimming pool in the recently refurbished Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford; The Hexagon at University of Essex; The Archive Room in Harlow Museum, and over twenty libraries across Essex including HMP Chelmsford Library.

For the full programme and tickets please visit essexbookfestival.org.uk and follow @EssexBookFest  #essexbookfestival

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

Arts Council England, University of Essex, Essex County Council, Chelmsford City Council, Thurrock Council, Harlow Council, Colchester Borough Council and Essex Cultural Diversity Project.

Please contact Midas Public Relations for further information, interviews requests and accreditation:

Kate Appleton | Senior Account Manager | [email protected] | 020 7361 7866

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