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Essex Poetry Festival

The Essex Poetry Festival has been running since the late 1990s, giving local poets events to perform at, and bringing the best of contemporary poets from all over the British Isles and around the world to Essex. We have put on: Open Mic events, poetry writing workshops, mixed poetry with music, art and photography, organised events in libraries, pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres, shops, windmills and prisons! We have run competitions for young and old. We have published anthologies of Essex poetry.

The festival is run by Poetry in Practice, a group of enthusastic volunteers, who work in conjuction with local poetry groups and Essex and Southend Libraries to organise events.

We are always looking for new people to help out either with the festival overall or with ideas for single events they would like to organise. If you think that you would like to get involved, please contact us.