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Essex Writers’ House in partnership with English PEN (as part of their centenary celebrations) are delighted to announce writer and journalist Tim Burrows as the writer in residence for June. A recurring subject in Tim’s work is society, politics and Essex. In recent years he has written a Guardian long read discussing the invention of the Essex stereotype, an essay for the celebrated anthology Radical Essex, and a series of investigations into urban development and decline for the Guardian Cities desk.

Tim will use his writing residency to take a look at housing in Essex. Housing is one of the biggest issues facing the country today. Discussions around development feed into most of the hot-button issues of our day – immigration, climate change, mental health and so on. Essex is a key battleground for discussions around housing and development, and Tim will spend his time documenting different zones of resistance that have sprung up to combat new developments, protest movements that connect disparate parts of the county – from St Osyth to Rochford, Bradwell to Basildon – through a common cause.

Throughout their residency you can keep up to date with what Tim is doing over on social media platforms @metalsouthend #essexwritershouse

Essex Writers House – Writer in Residence: Tim Burrows