Sarah Perry and book cover for Enlightenment

Multi award-winning and best-selling author, Festival Patron and University of Essex Chancellor, Sarah Perry, will be launching this year’s festival as she talks to our Essex Book Festival Chair, Peter Donaldson, about her highly anticipated new novel, Enlightenment.

There are still a few tickets left to join us for this very special opening event celebrating both the 25th edition of Essex Book Festival and the 60th anniversary of University of Essex.

If you are not able to make it in-person, you can watch online for free. The event will be live-streamed to YouTube including live subtitles by StageText.

To register to watch the event online go to The link to watch the event live will be sent to you once you have registered.