Ann Widdecombe to star in Harlow for Book Festival

Lifestyle / Fri 17th Jan 2014 at 11:30am

TICKETSanne began selling fast when the Essex Book Festival Box Office opened on 6 January. Appearances by big names such as Joanna Trollope and Rageh Omaar, Terry Waite and Ann Widdecombe are very popular and once more Essex is proving itself to be a county of serious literature lovers, avid book readers and budding writers.

Highlights of the Festival include Professor Anthony King from the University of Essex, who will be sharing examples from his new book The Blunders of our Governments; the ever-popular Gervase Phinn, a master storyteller; world expert in animal behaviour John Bradshaw who revealed the secret life of cats on BBC 2 recently and prolific crime writer and very funny man, Simon Brett.

Events for would-be writers are booking up rapidly too. The Writers’ Day at Anglia Ruskin University has a few places left and the workshop How to Plot the Perfect Murder is attracting a lot of interest. With such inspiration, could these events produce the next Ian Rankin or JK Rowling?

Ticket prices have been frozen from 2013 and new for 2014 is a multi-buy offer: buy tickets for five events and get the cheapest one free (Mercury box office events only). With a wide range of interesting events happening all over the county, 2014 looks set to be a great year for the Essex Book Festival.

Brochures for the Essex Book Festival are available from libraries, book shops and festival venues around the county. Full details of the programme can also be found at www.essexbookfestival.org.uk. Most events can be booked through the Mercury Theatre Box Office on 01206 573948, which is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm or online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.

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