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Radical Writing Retreat

Radical ESSEX was delighted to host a Radical Writing Retreat in partnership with Essex Book Festival and University of Essex.

Based at the Othona Community in Bradwell-on-Sea – one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Essex – the Radical Writing Retreat was led by writer James Canton and Essex Book Festival Director Ros Green, alongside Ken Worpole (350 Miles: An Essex Journey; The New English Landscape), Essex-based novelist Kate Worsley (She Rises), Award-winning poet and novelist Philip Terry (Tapestry; Dante’s Inferno; Quennets), poet and folksinger Dr Adrian May (Ballads of Bohemian Essex; Discovering England), and Glenys Newton, winner of The Guardian’s Moth Award for Live Storytelling in 2015.

This two day retreat was a mix of inspirational and experimental workshops, readings, performances , walks and critiques, all designed to help push the boundaries of your writing.

Essex Book Festival led this event, for which further information can be found here.

The Othona Community, Southminster, United Kingdom
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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If you are a business or arts organisation interested to be involved in the project or learn more information, please contact us here

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our project partners: