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1 September 2021

Subscriber of the week: James Harrold

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What do you do?

For 30 years I was arts officer of Galway.

Where do you live?

Connemara, western Ireland.

Do you vote?

Yes, always.

How long have you been a subscriber?

A reader since 1977, a digital subscriber since lockdown.

What made you start?

References to the NS in other publications.

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Is the NS bug in the family?

My parents read my copies.

What pages do you flick to first?

The leader, then back pages.

How do you read yours?

Back pages to front pages, early morning, on an iPad.

What would you like to see more of in the NS?

Cultural policy.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Michael Prodger, Megan Nolan, Rachel Cooke.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Michael D Higgins.

With which political figure would you least like to be stuck in a lift?

Priti Patel.

All-time favourite NS article?

Derek Mahon’s tribute to JG Farrell in 1979.

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This article appears in the 10 Sep 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Labour's lost future