Tony’s travels revealed in new book

Scarborough born author Tony Howson with his new book. The former journalist now has a globe trotting job with the BBC. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122113a

Scarborough born author Tony Howson with his new book. The former journalist now has a globe trotting job with the BBC. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122113a

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BACK in his hometown, for now, Tony Howson marks the occasion with the launch of his first published solo collection of work this evening.

The BBC Media Action media consultant, 53, of Westbourne Grove, will be reading and giving discussions of The Crow Road from Eden at Woodend Creative Workspace from 6-7pm.

It takes place in the Sitwell library and is free to attend.

Tony, who currently lives between Scarborough, Ukraine – and soon to be Tanzania, has worked across the world on various media projects tackling issues of human rights.

Part autobiography, part travelogue and a lot of poetry, the book takes the reader on a journey from Africa, England, Ukraine, Russia, Gaza and Yemen.

Mr Howson said: “It reflects my last 16 years of travelling; the period where things started to change.

“It was my first serious experience in Africa, it changed the things I saw, my experience and dramatic movements, being on the edge of different wars.

“The book is a way of escaping from traumas you see in these communities.

“It breaks down into regions, there’s a poem, an essay on the influences of the region, it’s a reflection on the areas I was in at the time.”

The Crow Road from Eden, published by Scarborough’s Valley Press, is available from all good book shops and www.valleypressuk.com

Tony’s royalties will be used to help fund a new publication for writers who do not have English as their first language.