Southend-on-Sea, on England's east coast, on the north bank of the Thames Estuary, is the hometown of the founders of Monomyth — DJ Tyrer, Richard Burman, Ian O'Reilly and Simon Birch (alright, he's from Hadleigh, down the road) — and remains the home of Atlantean Publishing at Pierrot Steps. Except for early issues of Awen and Garbaj, which were produced at Aberystwyth University, all the Atlantean Publishing publications have come from here.
DJ Tyrer taught a course in creative writing at Southend Community College during the 2002/03 and 2003/04 academic years, as well as a course on Mythology in 2002/03 and some 'bitesize' courses during Summer 2003. He edited The Prospectus for his students.
The history of the area is the subject of the article Secret Southend.
Southchurch and MiltonEdit
Pierrot Steps lies in a historically significant area of Southend-on-Sea. In terms of proximity, it is more part of Southchurch, a village going back to medieval times. It officially lies within, and just on the edge of, Milton, the ward named for the original medieval port in the area. In addition, it is a short walk away from Outing Close, the nucleus of the fishing community that later became Southend-on-Sea.
Claims To FameEdit
Most famous for possessing the world's longest — and most-frequently damaged — pier (which received a brief mentioned in Three Men in a Boat), Southend-on-Sea has several other claims to fame, including the Kursaal (recently featured on a stamp), a surprisingly literary graveyard not far from Pierrot Steps, and several famous inhabitants since royalty and Lady Hamilton patronised. Famous figures connected with Southend include:
- Gary Brooker of Procol Harum
- Author Warwick Deeping
- Comic writer Warren Ellis
- Actress Nathalie Emmanuel
- Author John Fowles (from Leigh-on-Sea)
- Actress Dame Helen Mirren (also from Leigh-on-Sea)
A fictional "infamous 'Toe-Cutter of Southend'" is mentioned amongst a job lot of psychopathic killers in the novel, The Woman Who Died A Lot.
Contributors From Southend-on-SeaEdit
In addition to the editorial team, some of the contributors to Atlantean publications come from the Southend area:
Whilst not a local, John O'Malley has a family connection with the town and often visits, inspiring him to write poetry with a Southend theme.
Poetry Inspired By Southend-On-SeaEdit
For a list of all Southend-inspired poetry click here.