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POP-UP Essex Writers House

1 – 29 March 2018

As part of an exciting new partnership with Essex Book Festival, Metal is transforming Chalkwell Hall into a pop-up Essex Writers House for the whole month of March 2018 to host a wide range of literary events and activities. Our aim is to provide development opportunities for writers working in all genres, whilst engaging with audiences of all ages.

Read more here.



Tue 13 March 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Little Busy Book Club

Like any other book club, except it’s for children aged 3 And 4 years old (and their grown- ups). Join Jacqson Diego Story Emporium to read and share books and explore the stories and characters in fun ways. There will be a new book to explore each week and lots of games and activities to play and do.

Tickets: FREE but booking essential – BOOK HERE.


Wed 14 March (or Sun 25 March)

11am – 2.30pm (with ½ hour lunch break)

Historical Fiction Workshop

Ever dreamed of writing a story set in the past? Got a family tale that you’d love to tell? Fascinated by the World Wars, the Vikings and Tudors or the bits in between? Sam Lierens (aka Lizzie Page), author of ‘The War Nurses’ trilogy, (Bookouture, 2018) will take you through the practicalities of getting started, the pleasures – and the pitfalls – and routes to publication. Bring pen and paper, no experience necessary.

N.B. There are two opportunities to take part in this unique opportunity to benefit up close from the experience of a successful, published author – Wed 14 March – or if weekdays are difficult, Sun 25 March.

Tickets: £10 (limited places) – BOOK HERE


Thurs 15 March

7.30pm (reading starts at 8pm)

The Big Book Club Get Together

Did you know – Essex has more Book Clubs than any other county in the UK? Come to our mass gathering of Essex book lovers. Meet other Book Clubs, find out how to start your own, recruit new members. The evening will be mostly social, but we’ll be suggesting the short, classic text The Machine Stops by E M Forster, to read before you come (if you haven’t read it already). Written in 1909 this remarkable predicts social media and the internet almost 90 years before they become a reality and seems more relevant than ever to current debates about Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. No need to worry if you haven’t got time to read it – come along anyway – we’ll be performing a short extract that evening……

Tickets: FREE but booking essential  – BOOK HERE.


Fri 16 March

7.30pm (doors)

I Am Looking For Words

Sundown Arts presents a night celebrating spoken word and performance poetry from all over the UK scene today, with local Southenders alongside established UK spoken word artists.

Featuring Matt Abbott, Molly Naylor, Rachel Pantechnicon & Simon Blackman!
Spoken word-themed DJ sets from Michael Webster of BAIT/Asylums/Cool Thing Records and DJs from Junkshop Jukebox & Library of Aethers shows on Ship Full of Bombs Independent Radio

Tickets: £5 (in advance); £6 on the door (all proceeds go to Sundown Arts) – BOOK HERE.


Sat 17 March

10am – 5pm (lunch included in ticket price)

Situated Practice: a one day creative writing course relating to place

Writing to evoke an unmistakable sense of place, paying attention to people, atmosphere, soundscape and landscape. With the celebrated author Lee Rourke (short-story collection Everyday, the novel The Canal (winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2010) and the poetry collection Varroa Destructor. His latest novel Vulgar Things is published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US by 4th Estate, Harper Collins. His debut novel The Canal is being adapted to film by Storyhouse Productions, summer 2018).

Tickets: £25 (limited places) – BOOK HERE.


Sat 17 March – 7.30pm

Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation

Yasmin Alibhai- Brown

England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline, eagerly roaming the globe enticed by the diversity and richness of other civilizations. Join Yasmin as she traces this golden thread of otherness through five centuries of English history to reveal how it has shaped the buildings, flavoured the food, powered the economy, and created a truly diverse society.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a leading commentator on race, multiculturalism and human rights, writing for the i newspaper, International Business Times and the New European. She appears regularly on TV and radio and has won many journalism awards, including the Orwell Prize in 2002, EMMA in 2014 and Columnist of the year, 2016.

Tickets: £6.50 – BOOK HERE.

“[Exotic England] reads like Alibhai-Brown’s love letter to a partner of more than 40 years, whose faults she knows intimately, yet whom she adores nonetheless… [She] brings a terrific sense of purpose to the book… You can almost hear her talking you through her discoveries” – Maya Jasanoff, Guardian Review