Richard O’Brien

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I’m a British writer and performer. Since winning the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, I’ve read in London, Ledbury and Helsinki, and a few places in-between. My first pamphlet, your own devices, was published in 2009 by tall-lighthouse press, and a selection of my work appeared in 2011′s The Salt Book of Younger Poets. I have three poems in the summer 2013 edition of Poetry London, and work forthcoming in Salt’s Best British Poetry 2013. In 2014 I’m publishing two pamphlets - A Bloody Mess, with Dead Ink Books, and The Emmores on The Emma Press. I write a guest blog for the Huffington Post, and do close-readings of (mostly) contemporary poetry over at The Scallop-Shell.

I’ve also written plays, performed in London and Oxford, and spent April 2013 at the Villa Sarkia residency in Sysmä, Finland, working on a debut novel. After studying English and French at university, I worked in Nantes, France, as a radio presenter for English for Everyone, and since as a freelancer for Deutsche Welle. I’m currently studying at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, for a Masters in Shakespeare and Creativity. Some of my interviews and reports are available on this website. You can also read a few poems, some reviews and other cultural journalism, and if you’d like to hear me reading my work, there are three recordings on my SoundCloud page.

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