Harlow-born editor of New Statesman to head series of readings at Playhouse

Vanguard Readings
5 Sep Theatre 2
Free entry! All welcome.

VANGUARD Readings is a London-based reading series which has been running monthly since 2011 and has so far included more than 70 events. #VanguardOnTour started in 2016 and has so far made stops at Grasmere, Birmingham, Hay-on-Wye, Margate, Norwich, Leeds, Ludlow, Manchester, Salisbury, Brighton, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Workington, Bristol – and now Harlow. Its founder, Richard Skinner, is a poet, novelist and Director of the Fiction programme at the Faber Academy – and credited on the back of many best-selling books.

The Harlow event is curated and hosted by local writer Emma Vandore, and showcases six new writers and established authors, all reading for around 10 minutes each. As well as Richard and Emma, who will read from her novel-in-progress And, Breathe, you will hear from Harlow-born Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman, who will read a recent memoir-essay published in Granta called “New Town Blues”; award-winning local playwright Simon Mawdsley, who will read with an actor; Dunmow-based YA author John Tarrow who will read from his recently published novel The Stranger’s Guide to Talliston; and J.S. Watts, a poet and novelist based in East Anglia, who will read from her second novel Witchlight.

Readers are Jason Cowley, Simon Mawdsley, Richard Skinner, John Tarrow, Emma Vandore, J.S. Watts

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One Response to "Harlow-born editor of New Statesman to head series of readings at Playhouse"

  1. Jon   June 29, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I’m quoted in Jason’s article, around the death of Arek, and its misreporting, but we also had lengthy and wide ranging discussions on politics, and most importantly on Harlow’s renaissance, on the investment and opportunities coming to Harlow, that Jason does refer to, near the end of his article. It is a great price of long form writing, that as a Harlow resident I find mildly depressing, but tempered by the fact that I know that Harlow has a bright future, despite the political landscape.

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