Garry O’Connor is a biographer and novelist, noted for his publications on theatrical and literary figures.
Educated at St Albans School and King's College, Cambridge, he was President of University Actors.
After Cambridge, he studied mime at the École Jacques Le Coq in Paris before joining
the RSC as Michel Saint-
CentreHouse Press is an inde-
CentreHouse Press has published, in either paper or electronic form, the following
writers: Garry O’Connor, Val Hennessy, Allen Saddler, Peter Cowlam, Tony Phillips,
Mari Garcia, Keith Bush, Roy Batt, Harry Greenberg, Richard Hillesley, Bob Mann,
Liza Granville, Brian Poilly, Robert Vint, Jo Larsen, Lucy Bancroft-
The press has also featured the work of the following artists: Anne Boulting, Christopher English, and Julie Oxenforth.
Two new plays by Garry O’Connor bring together Debussy Was My Grandfather and The
Madness of Vivien Leigh. The first is set in London in the late 1960s, and is about
a composer, conductor, pop group manager, former dancer, and for good measure the
daughter of a Zürich gnome (as they were known in those days). All play their instruments
in a family concert of comic torment conducted in Belgravia, where England scoffs
smoked salmon at foreigners’ expense. The Madness of Vivien Leigh is based on books
O’Connor has written about Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson. Darlings
of the Gods, which he takes as his main source, was published in 1984 and filmed
as a three-
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The Finger, a journal of the arts, literature and culture, enjoyed a brief starburst in the closing quarter of 2005, running to two issues. Published by CentreHouse Press, and edited by Peter Cowlam, it featured the work of writers Val Hennessy, Allen Saddler, Mari Garcia, Jack Degree, Richard Hillesley, Bob Mann, Brian Poilly, Robert Vint, Jo Larsen, and Sam Richards.
'The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ, / Moves on...'
Peter Cowlam is a freelance editor and the author of literary fiction, plays and poetry. His first novel was published in 1998, by CentreHouse Press. His second novel, New Suit for King Diamond, published in 2002, was nominated for the Booker Prize. His brief stint as a commissioning editor saw two issues of The Finger, a journal of politics, literature and culture. His most recent fiction is his novella Marisa, a heady concoction of first love recalled. Read more.
Sam Richards is a musician, writer and academic, who in his student years in London
absorbed the music and ideas of John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, the Fluxus Group, AMM,
Lamonte Young and Terry Riley. He took part in and organised improvisational music
events in London during the mid-
Who’s Afraid of the Booker Prize? by Peter Cowlam. For Alistair Wye, assistant to ‘top’ novelist Marshall Zob, Zob makes just two mistakes. First, he plans a commemorative book celebrating the life and work of his dead mentor, John Andrew Glaze, whose theory of ‘literary time’ is of dubious philosophical pedigree. Second, Zob turns the whole literary world on its head through the size of advance he instructs his agent to negotiate for his latest, and most mediocre novel to date.
Secretly Wye keeps a diary of Zob’s professional and private life. Comic, resolute, Wye stalks through its every page, scattering his pearls with an imperious hand. An unsuspecting Zob ensures perfect conditions for the chronicler of his downfall. Publication date 24 April 2013.
The Engaged Musician, by Sam Richards, is a passionate call to musicians, of whatever genre or discipline, to rescue themselves and us from the commercial tyrannies and dictates currently forming our musical life, and relocate it very determinedly in a meaningful social and aesthetic exchange. The book focuses on various themes typical of social, political and cultural engagement, without insisting on sectional interests. In part it scrutinises pervasive myths and doggedly held positions. Publication date 12 September 2013.