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25 March 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

  • Chelmsford
  • £7, £5 for 27 years and under

Boadicea battled the Romans. Nancy Astor fought in Parliament. Emmeline Pankhurst campaigned for female suffrage. Jenni Murray, writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour tells the stories of visionaries and trailblazing women who pushed back boundaries. She shows how their compelling stories can inspire us again and lead the way for a new generation.

25 March 2017, 11:30 - 12:45

  • Chelmsford
  • £7, £5 for 27 years and under

Two of the UK’s most exciting voices in speculative fiction join Leila Abu El Hawa from the Post Apocalyptic Book Club, to discuss writing about the end of the world, from the ‘Apocalypse’ to ‘Zombies’ and everything in-between. Aliya Whiteley’s The Beauty is a dystopian vision of a world without women, and M R Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts, an intelligent, thought-provoking take on the classic zombie story.

25 March 2017, 10:30 - 16:00

  • Chelmsford
  • Free

Come on board the Schools’ bookbus, parked outside Anglia Ruskin University for the day. Meet award-winning writer David Solomons, author of My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord, the action-packed sequel to the best-selling My Brother Is a Superhero, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the British Book Industry Awards Children’s Book of the Year.

25 March 2017, 10:30 - 16:00

  • Chelmsford
  • Free

Join us for the Essex Book Festival Science, Radio and Invention day. FREE family fun events include science activities, techy workshops, arts and crafts, face painting, story telling and a book bus.

25 March 2017, 11:00 - 13:00

  • Chelmsford
  • £5 for children, adults are free

Stories are easier to write than you may think! To make a great story you don’t need to be good at spellin or literagacy you just need an imagination and a sense of fun. Through a games workshop author D J Cattrell and illustrator Doug Smith teach you how easy it really is to write stories,

25 March 2017, 13:00 - 14:15

  • Chelmsford
  • £7, £5 for 27 years and under

Leading British science fiction writer and award-winning master of speculative fiction, Christopher Priest (The Prestige), talks to Professor Sarah Brown about his life’s work and new novel. The Gradual is a haunting tale about time-travel and memory, the latest in the Dream Archipelago series, a world of varied, unmappable islands which the author has been writing about since the 1970s.

25 March 2017, 10:30 - 12:30

  • Chelmsford
  • Free

Get techy with Essex Libraries: experience virtual reality with an HTC Vive immersive VR headset; programme tiny robots in an Ozobot workshop; develop your computer coding skills with Code Club, and find out about Chelmsford Library’s new Makerspace – a creative laboratory for all to enjoy.

25 March 2017, 10:30 - 12:30

  • Chelmsford
  • £20

Robin Brooks is one of Radio 4’s most experienced radio dramatists. Perhaps best known for his adaption 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.