Despite the festival’s abrupt and premature ending this year, we feel very fortunate to have enjoyed eighteen days and nights of exceptional events in venues across Essex.

Here’s a snapshot of Essex Book Festival 2020…

Wet Sounds

Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March 2020

A truly unique event came to Chelmsford as part of Essex Book Festival.

The event was a collaboration between Wet Sounds and local sound artists. Inspired by the novel The Drowned World by JG Ballard which is set in a post-apocalyptic future where due to climate change the city of London has been submerged underwater and the sparsely inhabited world above has turned into a thriving tropical environment.

Take a look at the photo album for the Wet Sounds event

Joel Cahen of Wet Sounds was joined by Chris Adam and Andrew Wright of the Resonance arts collective in Chelmsford and Colchester-based sound-artist Frazer Merrick. Visuals by SDNA and lighting by Joe Lucas.

Read the Guardian’s review of the Wet Sounds event: Come on in, the water’s dystopian! JG Ballard’s Drowned World hits an Essex pool.

Wet Sounds Frazer Merrick 3x2 with Play button

View the video of the Wet Sounds event:

Escaping Climate Change Day

Friday 6th March 2020

A day of discussions, debates, performances and activities all about tackling Climate Change. Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a fantastic and informative event including Writers Rebel, Colchester Extinction Rebellion, Red Lion Books, University of Essex Student Union, the wonderful students on Learning Module LT257, Lu Williams, Colchester Borough Council, Woodland Trust, Lakeside Theatre, LiFTS at University of Essex and everybody that turned up and took part.

Take a look at the Escaping Climate Change Photo Album

View a short video of our Escaping Climate Change Day event:

Tree-Mend-Us Day

Sunday 8th March 2020

We had a fabulous day of family activities and storytelling at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. All activities focused on the magnificence and significance of trees.

Take a look at the Tree-Mend-Us event photo album

Place Weekend, Colchester

Saturday 14th March and Sunday 15th March

Thank you to everybody who came along to our Place weekend at Firstsite, Colchester. All sorts of event and workshops took place, from Dragon Detectives and Timetravel machines to poetry readings and panel discussion about The Power of Protest.

Take a look at the photo album from our Place weekend at Firstsite