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Tim Burrows

Tim Burrows is a writer and journalist. A recurring subject in his 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. His short story ‘Broadgate,’ set between Essex marshland and the City of London, was included in the Influx Press anthology, An Unreliable Guide to London.


Through the years he has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, New Statesman, Vice, the Telegraph Magazine, Dazed & Confused, the Quietus and Somesuch Stories. He is from, and currently lives, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.


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. Almost invisibly, they quietly influence the wellbeing of people, without penetrating the national discussion. 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.