Arvon at Home: Live Guest Reading

Reading and Q&A with Dave Haslam via Zoom

Wednesday January 13th 2021, 7:15pm GMT


Now more than ever we need stories – to engage, to distract, to entertain, to nourish, and to help us make sense of what we’re living through. And so while you can’t come to us, instead we will come to you, bringing a taste of Arvon into your home one night a week. Every week an Arvon tutor will join us as a guest, to read from their own work and answer your questions live and in person online.

Dave Haslam is a writer, broadcaster, and DJ. His book My Second Home: Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956 is about a crucial period in the poet’s life just before she married Ted Hughes – specifically her visits to the French capital, where Plath enjoyed moments of loneliness, but also moments of joy. My Second Home is the follow-up to Haslam’s book, Searching For Love: Courtney Love in Liverpool, 1982 about the months the musician spent in Liverpool in 1982; the similarities between the two young American women are intriguing and both books demonstrate the transformational power of cities.

Dave Haslam’s journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the Face and elsewhere. As a DJ, Dave Haslam played over 450 times at the legendary Haçienda in Manchester, and worldwide, from Paris to Peru, New York to Berlin.

The reading and interactive Q&A will be hosted on Zoom. This is a live event and will not be recorded.

We are more committed than ever to helping writers find inspiration, and to make space for their own creativity, no matter the setting. So join us from the comfort of your sofa and listen to writers share their work, the stories behind their work, and invaluable writing advice directly from their own desk (or maybe the kitchen table).

Cost: £5.00


Very lovely. It had an intimate feeling despite it being a Zoom event and all of us being in different places.


"Thanks for an excellent session last night. It worked very well on Zoom, especially with the Q&A using the chat function."


"What a brilliant reading. It was intimate and moving and very listener friendly. I loved it and will be back for more."




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