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A pleasure to be welcoming The Times' columnist David Aaronovitch to Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker on 25th March for #2 Festival Peace Panel: PICKING APART PROPAGANDA led by Index on Censorship.

Too good to miss.

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So are we!!!

Echo Essex are getting excited about our month-long programme of events dedicated to writers of all levels and genres. Hooray!

Pop Up Essex Writers House - in partnership with Essex Book Festival - is running for the whole of March! Feed your brain & get inspired...

The Echo have given us some great coverage for our Writers events in the merry month of March. Go here for the lowdown, or go to the full listings…

This is going to be a wonderful activity at Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

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CND Peace Education
4 hrs

We're really looking forward to running origami, colour-in-your-own-CND/peace-symbol , and haiku/senryu-writing activities at Essex Book Festival's 'The Nuclea...r Option' day on Sunday 25th March! We hope to contribute lots of origami cranes made on the day to their #1000PeaceCranes project.

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Still time to get your ticket to hear Jenny Uglow speak about Edward Lear at our Essex Book Festival event 2.30 on 4th March, tickets 01206 573948. Charmed and ...adored by children but plagued by epilepsy, depression and loneliness, which were masked by his humour. A fascinating and much loved artist, traveller and writer of nonsense poems, who once taught Queen Victoria to draw.

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Come and help us reach our Festival target of #1000 Peace Cranes at Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker under the guidance of CND's Education team - Sunday 25th March

A complimentary slice of battenberg for every Bunker Peace Crane !!!

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Counting down to this year's Essex Book Festival. Make sure you've marked your card for ...

We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with children in Nagasaki on our #1000PEACECRANEPROJECT which will be on display at Jaywick Martello Tower for our festival Finale on 31st March !!

Other partners include Essex Children's University who have pledged to make 100 origami peace cranes by the end of the festival.

Come and find out more about the project - and even try your hand at making your own Peace Crane - at our PLACE Weekend Firstsite Colchester

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Book now for #TheNuclearOption which has all the ingredients of an unforgettable experience in Essex's very own Underworld !!

5.30-9pm Sunday 25 March
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker


There will be performances, discussions, stories, films, music and lots of cake ... Plus our very special 2nd Festival Peace Panel led by Index on Censorship - Picking Apart Propaganda - with journalist David Aaronovitch, writer Jamie Bartlett, and Chinese journalist Xinran.

An exceptional panel for a truly exceptional location. Too good to miss.

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☢️💣 Take a look inside the not so 'secret bunker'

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Essex. Destination for writerly inspiration, or a dull place best escaped?

Join writer and journalist Tim Burrows as he ponders the question and reads from some... of the great classic & contemporary ‘Essex’ literature.

Part of Pop Up Essex Writers House - Essex Book Festival

21st March - Chalkwell Hall - £5

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Essex is a place where writers seem to come from elsewhere for inspiration, or if native, leave and even disown as “dull suburbanity”. But then again, Wilko Johnson’s lyrics and Sarah Perry’s prose perhaps do articulate a strangeness, confusion, aggression and romanticism that is particul....

Devotees of Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet are in for a treat this March ...

What does it mean to eat like a Queen? Elizabeth gorged on sugar; Mary on chocolate, and Ann was known as Brandy Nan. Victoria ate all of this and more. Annie Gray, historian, cook, broadcaster and writer, gives a new perspective on one of Britain's most iconic monarchs, celebrating her appetite for...

Nick Ardley will be talking at Canvey Library

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Thoroughly looking forward to the launch of Adrian May's new book - The Magic of Writing - as part of our PLACE weekend Firstsite Colchester Don't miss out on this one!

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 i...

Looking forward to hearing more about Guest House Firstsite Colchester #WritingThePlace Sunday 4th March !!

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Eastern Angles Theatre Company added 3 new photos.

It's the first day of rehearsals for Guesthouse! A great read-through to start the day and a look at the set and costume design too!

With Gail Honeyman, Isabelle Grey, Billy Bragg and Jim Al-Khalii all SOLD OUT now's the time to get booking those tickets to make sure you don't miss out. Particularly if you want to see Henry Blofeld, Ruth Hogan, Michael Frayn, Rodric Braithwaite, and James Canton ...

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Wonderful to have local author Laura Purcell talking about her debut novel 'The Silent Companions' in Colchester Castle as part of our PLACE Weekend.

Maybe the ghost of Quaker James Parnell who died in captivity in Colchester Castle in the 1650s will pay us a visit on Sunday 4th March...

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill, and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a shiver down the spine... A fantastic debut novel from Colchester based author Laura Purcell.

Get booking, Folks, this is going to be a really interesting event. And it's FREE!!!

Very pleased to be going to this event ..

Drawing on the success of Essex Book Festival's Writing on the Inside workshops, ­panelists Femi Keeling (writer and workshop leader), Jon Crane (researcher), and Louisa Steel (Essex Libraries) discuss the importance of providing writing opportunities in prison, and the transformative power of crea...

Have you booked your tickets yet for leading dramatist Michael Frayn who will be talking at Lakeside Theatre on March 2nd??

Thirty-six comic sketches from the cherished playwright Michael Frayn. Pocket Playhouse brings the stage to the page, providing a tour de force of theatrical imagination and satire.