Essex Book Festival - Story Hunter Events at Essex Country Parks
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 four interactive creative writing workshops and guided tours at our parks and places as part of the Story Hunters project. Book your place at one of these events and get your creative juices flowing! Don't forget to enter the Story Hunters Flash Fiction writing competition.
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
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+.
Story Hunters Workshop with Agnieszka Dale at Cressing Temple Barns
Event Date: Saturday 3 July
Event Time: 11am
Event Location: Cressing Temple Barns
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+.
Story Hunters Workshop with A. K. Blakemore at Jaywick Martello Tower
Event Date: Sunday 11 July
Event Time: 2pm
Event Location: Jaywick Martello Tower
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+.
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
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+.
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.
Winning entries will be announced at our Festival Finale at Cressing Temple Barns on 29th August.
For more information about the twenty destinations, and how to enter the competition, click here.
Need to know
Save money with your Explorer Pass
Our annual Explore Essex Pass will give you and your family the freedom to explore some of the incredible places and green spaces that Essex has to offer, as many times as you like throughout the year, with free parking at seven country parks, 2 or 1 on Sky Ropes, priority booking on specific events, and 10% discounts at many cafes and visitor centres.