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Richard O'Brien - Birmingham poet laureate 2018 to 2020

Photograph of Richard O'Brien, Birmingham's poet laureate 2018 to 2020

Richard O’Brien is a Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Creativity at the University of Birmingham, where he also studied for an MA and PhD with the Shakespeare Institute.

He has lived in Birmingham since 2015, and is the author of three poetry pamphlets: your own devices (tall-lighthouse, 2009), The Emmores (The Emma Press, 2014) and A Bloody Mess (Dead Ink/Valley Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies, including The White Review, Wild Court and The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear), and he has also worked as a Commissioning Editor for the Michael Marks Award-winning Emma Press. In 2017 he won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Richard’s plays have appeared at The Arcola Theatre (The Selfish Giant, 2016) and in staged readings at the REP and the Old Print Works. His practice-based PhD looked at Shakespeare and the development of verse drama, and his fiction writing is represented by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency.

Read work in progress, commissioned poems, and some projects being undertaken by Richard during his time as Poet Laureate.

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