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