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The Reader Magazine turns 50

Written by Emma Walsh, 1st July 2013

The Reader have just published the 50th issue of The Reader magazine, featuring poetry from Blake Morrison, fiction from Doris Lessing and Carol Rumens, memoirs from David Constantine and Priscilla Gilman and a humorous account from 2012 Guardian Prize Winner, Frank Cottrell Boyce on his part in creating the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The Reader magazine is published quarterly by The Reader in Liverpool. It was launched in 1997 by Jane Davis, now Director of The Reader, and in 2007 Professor Philip Davis took over editorship of The Reader. It is the only magazine that offers the whole literary mix: new fiction and poetry, classic and neglected works, interviews with leading figures in the world of the arts, thought-pieces, advice for reading groups, research into reading and news from the world of books.

The Reader Patron and magazine contributor, Howard Jacobson, says

“I love The Reader.  I love its pomp-free seriousness, its unpredictable mix of writers and subjects, its freedom from the corpsespeak of academic criticism and the demeaning triviality of culture-vulture journalism.  When Dr Johnson rejoiced to concur with the common reader I assume him to have been thinking of just those to whom this Reader unembarrassedly speaks.” 

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