Blimey. Essex is now a subject of learned debate. What Next For Essex: From Essex Man to TOWIE – And Beyond is a panel debate held as part of the Essex Book Festival in Brentwood on March 15. The speakers are bestselling novelist Martina Cole; the Daily Mail's Simon Heffer, who coined the term Essex Man; head teacher Vic Goddard (Channel 4's Educating Essex); Brentwood Gazette editor Neville Wilson; and University of Essex researcher on place and social class in Essex, James Scott. It's chaired by Oxygen Books publisher Malcolm Burgess, and is set to be a festival highlight.
What Next For Essex? is at The Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School on Friday 15 March at 7pm. Tickets £5, conc £4. To book call the box office on 01206 573948.