Essex Book Festival - Story Hunter Events at Essex Country Parks & Flash Fiction Competition

We are delighted to be partnering with the Essex Book Festival as part of the Explore Essex Summer of Culture - a broad series of events, activities and talks for 2021. Essex Book Festival are running a series of interactive creative writing workshops and a Festival Finale event at our parks and places as part of the Story Hunters project. Don't forget to enter the Story Hunters Flash Fiction writing competition.

Event details

Date

June 27 - 30, 2021

Prices

£0-£20

How to book

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The Story Hunters Flash Fiction Competition

As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that was only six words long: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Essex Book Festival and Explore Essex challenge you to do the same.

You are invited to write a piece of fiction or a poem between 50-250 words based on a visit to 1 of 20 designated Essex heritage sites or Green Spaces. Once you have submitted your story, it will be posted on our Story Hunter Digital Map and entered into our Story Hunters Flash Fiction Competition.

The closing date to enter is 29 October 2021.

For more information about the twenty destinations, and how to enter the competition, click here.

Essex Book Festival - Festival Finale at Cressing Temple Barns


With a huge range of events for all ages, from author events with the likes of Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones through to our fabulous storytelling yurt; woodland crafts and meditation walks; drop-in family yoga sessions and more, Cressing Temple Barns is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Sunday for the Essex Book Festival Finale.

There are a combination of free drop in sessions and bookable sessions.

Find out more here.

Story Hunters Workshop with Jonathan Crane at Danbury Country Park

Event Date: Sunday 27 June

Event Time: 2pm - 4.30pm

Event Location: Danbury Country Park

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Join novelist and lecturer Jonathan Crane, author of We Need To Talk, on a tour of Danbury Country Park, followed by a two-hour Flash Fiction writing workshop. Suitable for age 14+.

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Story Hunters Workshop with Agnieszka Dale at Cressing Temple Barns

Event Date: Saturday 3 July

Event Time: 11am

Event Location: Cressing Temple Barns

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Join UK-based polish writer Agnieszka Dale, author of The Fox Season, on a tour of Cressing Temple Barns, followed by a two-hour Writing Short Fiction workshop. Suitable for age 14+.

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Story Hunters Workshop with A. K. Blakemore at Jaywick Martello Tower

Event Date: Sunday 11 July

Event Time: 2pm

Event Location: Jaywick Martello Tower

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Join novelist A.K. Blakemore, author of The Manningtree Witches, on a tour of Jaywick Martello Tower, followed by a two-hour Writing the Place workshop. Suitable for age 14+.

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Story Hunters Workshop with Majid Adin and Glenys Newton at Hadleigh Country Park

Event Date: Sunday 18 July

Event Time: 2pm

Event Location: Hadleigh Country Park

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Join Iranian artist/animator/writer Majid Adin, creator of the official music video for Elton John’s Rocket Man, and award-winning storyteller/writer, Glenys Newton, on a tour of Hadleigh Country Park, followed by a two-hour animation/writing workshop. Suitable for age 14+.

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