Essex Book Festival 2018 | Adult Events

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Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of Essex’s cultural calendar. Each March it hosts 60+ events in over 30 venues across the County, including theatres, libraries, schools and universities, through to cafes and art galleries. This year Firstsite is delighted to be hosting a number of events over their ‘Place Weekend’.

 

The East Country: Jules Pretty
Saturday 3 March, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

An assemblage of seventy-four tales, mixing memoir with natural history, cultural critique with spiritual reflection. Jules Pretty, who received an OBE for his services to sustainable agriculture, takes us on a journey through the timeless but ever-changing landscape of his own east country in Suffolk and Essex.

Suitable for ages 14+.

£7 / £5 (27yrs and under)

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An Introduction to Memoir Writing: Linda Wilkinson
Saturday 3 March, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

The line between memoir and biography has never been clear; a memoir can be a story about a week in a life, an emotion or a place. Both tangible and intangible, it is one of the most exciting forms of writing and self-discovery. Linda Wilkinson, ‘accidental memoirist’, takes you through the techniques, pitfalls and joys of memoir writing.

Adult writing workshop – suitable for ages 16+.

£20 / £15 (27yrs and under)

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Marc Chagall and The White Crucifixion: Michael Dean
Saturday 3 March, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Learning Room)

A fictionalised account of the rollercoaster life of Marc Chagall, one of the most enigmatic artists of the twentieth century. Chagall lived in turbulent times, being in France for both world wars, and Russia during the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the communist regime. A fascinating story of displacement, creativity and inspiration.

Suitable for ages 14+.

£7 / £5 (27yrs and under)

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A New Map of Wonders: Casper Henderson
Saturday 3 March, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Author and journalist Casper Henderson takes us on a journey in search of modern marvels. From divine visions in whirlwinds and burning bushes, to the Romantic Era’s fascination with nature, our sense of wonder has long served as a starting point for experiencing the world. How might we cultivate a sense of wonder that is fit for our technologically-advanced place and time?

Suitable for ages 14+.

£7 / £5 (27yrs and under)

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Writing For Radio Masterclass: Robin Brooks
Sunday 4 March, 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Robin Brooks is one of Radio 4’s most experienced radio dramatists. Perhaps best known for his adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses and his Robert Graves series: I, Claudius and Claudius the God, Robin will offer an introduction to writing drama for the radio. Suitable for all tastes and levels of experience.

Adult writing workshop – suitable for ages 16+.

£20 / £15 (27yrs and under)

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Granta Birth of the Book
Sunday 4 March, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Granta author Lulah Eilender, her literary agent Natalie Galustian, and her editor Ka Bradley will be discussing the often challenging but remarkable birth of a book: from the author’s original idea to the finished book on the shelf. An absolute must for new and emerging writers.

£7 / £5 (27yrs and under) 

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The Magic of Writing: Adrian May, chaired by Emma Kittle Pey
Sunday 4 March, 11:30am – 1:00pm

The history of literature is inextricably bound with magic and magical ideas. Both magic and writing are concerned with finding hidden forces and meanings, and inspiration is at the heart of both. Adrian May reveals how magic can be used as a tool to generate creativity, inspiring us to take risks in our own writing.  

£7 / £5 (27yrs and under) 

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Writing the Place
Sunday 4 March, 1:15pm – 2:15pm

A rare opportunity to hear three very different writers describe the process of conjuring landscape and place in their writing. These include festival Writer-in-Residence Syd Moore; Robin Brooks, one of Radio 4’s leading dramatists, and award-winning playwright Nicola Werenowska whose new play Guesthouse opens in Clacton later in the month.

Suitable for ages 14+.

£7 / £5 (27yrs and under)

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Telling Stories of War and Peace: Liz Trenow
Sunday 4 March, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

What are the joys and pitfalls of writing historical fiction, and why are war and peace such compelling topics for historical novelists? A participatory workshop with Liz Trenow, bestselling author of The Poppy Factory and her latest novel, In Love and War, published in January by Pan Macmillan to mark the 100th anniversary of WW1.

Adult writing workshop – suitable for ages 16+.

£20 / £15 (27yrs and under)

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Figuring Peace: A L Kennedy, Hamja Ahsan & Maggi Hambling
Sunday 4 March, 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Figuring Peace is the first in our series of three special commemorative Peace Panels. Festival patron and writer AL Kennedy, artist Maggi Hambling, and artist, curator and activist Hamja Ahsan will discuss the pivotal role played by artists and writers with regard to the representation of war and peace.

Suitable for ages 14+.

£7 / £5 (27yrs and under)

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‘My Europe’ – Presentation and panel discussion
Sunday 11 March, 2:30pm

A presentation of My Europe Anthology by Patricia Borlenghi and a panel discussion on Europe and the arts.

FREE but booking essential.

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These events are part of Essex Book Festival’s ‘Place Weekend’ on the 3rd and 4th March 2018, with the exception of ‘My Europe’ on Sunday 11th March 2018.
To find out more about Essex Book Festival 2018 essexbookfestival.org.uk.

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