Richard O'Brien was a winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, and has intermittently received limited amounts of money for poetry ever since. His first pamphlet collection, your own devices, was published by tall-lighthouse press in 2009, and his work was featured in the recent anthology, The Salt Book of Younger Poets. He was a founding member of the editorial team of the Pomegranate poetry e-zine, and has read his work in London, Newcastle, Oxford and Torquay.
At university, Richard dabbled in theatre, music and stand-up comedy, in descending order of competence. He is currently working on a sitcom about a troupe of Jacobean players, a modern revenge tragedy, and a project translating into English the songs of Georges Brassens and other French chansonniers. More of his writing can be found on the reviewing blog, The Recognition Scene.