About Me

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I write poetry, plays, and academic criticism. In 2017 I finished a PhD at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute, looking at how verse drama has developed up to the present day in response to the influence of Shakespeare.

I also write, and deliver writing workshops, for children. My children’s novel is represented by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency, and I have contributed to numerous children’s anthologies and two translations of children’s collections by Latvian authors, published by the Emma Press.

My poetry has been published by the Emma Press (The Emmores, 2014) and Valley Press (A Bloody Mess, 2015), as well as in various magazines and anthologies, including Poetry London, The Literateur, and Eyewear’s The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. In 2017, I was one of six winners of the Society of Authors’ Eric Gregory Awards for a collection of poems by an author under thirty.



My writing for theatre includes three verse plays, produced as part of my practice-based PhD research, including Free for All, which debuted at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, and The Selfish Giant, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story commissioned for London’s Arcola Theatre in December 2016. As a commissioning editor for the Emma Press, based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, I put together anthologies of poetry for both adults and children.

Perhaps most importantly of all, I once wrote this Buzzfeed article – 21 Things Only Kids Who Grew Up in the 1590s Will Understand – which the Globe retweeted. #Impact.

You can contact me about readings, workshops, or most things in-between on richardtobrien AT gmail DOT com, or on Twitter @notrockyhorror.

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