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Free Vanguard Readings event at Harlow Playhouse to feature six writers including three from Bishop's Stortford Writers' Club

Six writers – including the editor of the New Statesman and the Indie's Sawbridgeworth correspondent – will be reading at Harlow Playhouse on Thursday (Sept 5) as a reading series goes on tour.

South London-based Vanguard Readings was founded by Richard Skinner in 2011 and began venturing outside the capital in 2016, with stops in Brighton, Frome in Somerset, Margate in Kent and now Harlow.

Richard is a poet, novelist and director of the fiction programme at the Faber Academy, and credited on the back of many best-selling books.

He will be reading alongside Sawbridgeworth's Emma Vandore, with an extract from her novel-in-progress And, Breathe. Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman, who was born in Harlow and now lives in Bishop's Stortford, will read a recent memoir-essay published in Granta called “New Town Blues".

J.S. Watts, a poet and novelist based in East Anglia who runs the Bishop's Stortford Writers' Club with Emma, will read from her first novel, Witchlight.

Award-winning Harlow playwright Simon Mawdsley will read with an actor, and Dunmow-based YA author John Tarrow will read from his recently published novel The Stranger’s Guide to Talliston.

Each writer will read for 10 minutes, starting at 7pm, with a half-hour break in the middle. Entry is free. More details are available here.

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