Lee Rourke is the author of the short-story collection Everyday, the novel The Canal (winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2010) and the poetry collection Varroa Destructor. His latest novel, Vulgar Things (‘poignant and unsettling’ – Eimear McBride) is published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US by 4th Estate, Harper Collins. He is a contributing editor at both The White Review and 3AM Magazine, has a literary column at the New Humanist, and has written regularly for The Guardian, TLS, Bookforum, The Independent, and The New Statesman. From 2012-2014 he was Writer-in-Residence at Kingston University, where he lectured on the MFA Programme in creative writing and critical theory. He currently teaches creative writing at Middlesex University. He lives in Southend-on-Sea.
Shorelines talk: 'Vulgar Things: myth, landscape': A reading from Vulgar Things, Lee Rourke's novel set in Canvey Island and Southend, followed by a talk about the Essex landscape, the estuary, and the mythologies/narratives they have helped to create.
Sound of the Thames Delta music symposium: A panel discussion about the Thames Estuary and its influence on the Thames Delta music scene: 'The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager'.