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Bazaar | Art and Food Market

Saturday 7 March 2020

10:30 am

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Bazaar is a monthly market of unique items by local makers, artists, upcyclers and crafters. Support your local community and small businesses while personalising your home and life in a way no one else can – and grab a…

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Essex Book Festival: Tallulah Goes to the Festival with Rachel Jane

Saturday 14 March 2020

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Join children’s author Rachel Jane for a Campervan storytime and craft session. Sing along with Tallulah the Campervan as she counts down the days to her first festival and get into the Festival spirit by decorating your very own…

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Essex Book Festival: True Freedom with Michael Dean

Saturday 14 March 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Set in Boston and London over sixteen years, True Freedom is a panoramic account of how America came to fight Britain for its freedom in the eighteenth century. In his novel Michael Dean takes us right to the heart…

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Essex Book Festival: Wild Writing Workshop with James Canton

Saturday 14 March 2020

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

James Canton is a nature and travel writer who leads the MA in Wild Writing at University of Essex. Join James for a workshop which delves into the nature that exists in the cracks between our human constructs, in…

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Essex Book Festival: Colchester’s Literary Legacy – A Guided Walk with Josie Watson

Saturday 14 March 2020

12:00 pm

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Throughout its history, Colchester has been the inspiration and setting for many novels. This guided walk will take you on a literary quest to discover serpents, detectives, serving wenches and many other fictional characters and their creators who have…

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Essex Book Festival: Dragon Detective Workshop with Gareth P. Jones

Saturday 14 March 2020

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Dragon Detective is in town and he needs your help to solve a mystery, but author Gareth P Jones is also in town and he needs your help writing one. In this interactive event, you the audience become…

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Essex Book Festival: Writing Sustainable Tourism

Saturday 14 March 2020

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Is your safari self-indulgent or the last defence of the big five, exploitation of the locals or a way to offer them new opportunities? Travel is the world’s largest industry and, some would say, one of its most destructive….

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Essex Book Festival: Blogging Workshop

Saturday 14 March 2020

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Are you considering a career in travel writing? This blogging workshop will give you plenty of tips for getting started. Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of the Essex cultural calendar. Each March it hosts over 100…

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Essex Book Festival: Brave New Worlds Discussion

Saturday 14 March 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fancy taking the plunge into some Brave New Worlds in 2020? Learn how to travel safely off the beaten track from the people in the know. Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of the Essex cultural calendar….

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Essex Book Festival: Imagination and Creation Workshop with Josie Dom

Saturday 14 March 2020

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join children’s author Josie Dom in a lively workshop where you’ll start by creating your story character using craft materials. As a group we’ll talk about story ideas and then you’ll use items from nature to create a story…

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Essex Book Festival: Writing the Archive with Syd Moore

Saturday 14 March 2020

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An international gallery and creative community space, Firstsite, is bursting with art and amazing artefacts. What finer place could you pick to host a creative writing workshop? Taking your inspiration from the gallery, you will work with bestselling novelist,…

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Essex Book Festival: Under a Wartime Sky with Liz Trenow

Saturday 14 March 2020

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Under a Wartime Sky is an enthralling historical novel by Liz Trenow, based on the real-life events at Bawdsey Manor, a top-secret wartime research station. It tells the story of the heroes behind the discovery of radar, an invention…

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Essex Book Festival: Writing on Place in a Changing World with Joanna Pocock

Sunday 15 March 2020

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Have you ever tried to pin down the places you’ve travelled through with words? Do you yearn to link your story to the ground under your feet? This writing workshop will be looking at how writers place themselves in…

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Essex Book Festival: All at Sea? With Ken Worpole & Hana Loftus

Sunday 15 March 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The unusually long coastline of Essex makes it especially vulnerable to flooding. Writer and social historian Ken Worpole – who lived on Canvey Island as a child and has written extensively about the 1953 floods – will be in…

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Essex Book Festival: Brave New Words – The Power of Writing Now

Sunday 15 March 2020

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Brave New Words is a collection of fifteen specially commissioned essays from distinguished authors exploring the value of critical thinking, the power of the written word, and the resonance of literature in the twenty-first century. Editor, literary activist, writer…

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Essex Book Festival: Apples, Orchards and Community

Sunday 15 March 2020

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Two different talks with a common thread. Hear Adrian May discuss how apples are closer to human life than Nature with a capital N. Can that tell us something useful about ourselves as part of the environment? Marina O’Connell…

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Essex Book Festival: Smashing It – Working Class Artists Making It Happen

Sunday 15 March 2020

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Smashing It celebrates the exceptional works and words of 30 leading working-class artists in Britain. Find out how they overcame obstacles – from the financial to the philosophical – to forge careers in the arts. Four of the most…

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Essex Book Festival: Writing for Radio Masterclass with Robin Brooks

Sunday 15 March 2020

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Robin Brooks has over twenty years’ experience of writing original plays and adaptations for BBC Radio. He is perhaps best known for his adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses and his Robert Graves series: I, Claudius and Claudius the God. This…

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Essex Book Festival: Blackwaterside with Ultramarine and Philip Terry

Sunday 15 March 2020

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Ultramarine (Ian Cooper and Paul Hammond) present Blackwaterside, performing music inspired by their time working close to the Blackwater estuary. The performance will feature Philip Terry reading poems from his Quennets collection and a screening of the Blackwaterside film…

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Essex Book Festival: The Power of Protest – Where Should We Draw the Line?

Sunday 15 March 2020

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Join Observer columnist Kenan Malik, legendary LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell and actor Stella Odunlami for a debate on whether we should stand up for the right to protest. Chaired by Index on Censorship editor in chief Rachael Jolley. Essex…

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Essex Book Festival: The Word From Paris with Philip Terry and Tony White

Sunday 15 March 2020

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Penguin Book of Oulipo book launch. This is the first collection in English to bring together 100 pieces of “Oulipo” writing. Editor and translator Philip Terry will be joined by novelist Tony White to read and discuss selections…

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Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 21 March 2020

10:00 am

More times available

Colchester’s Record Fair returns to Firstsite – a treat for both enthusiasts and casual collectors alike. Come browse through stall holders’ collections of vinyl and CDs from a vast range of genres. Grab yourself a bargain – or perhaps something a little rarer.

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