Richard Skinner is a writer working across fiction, life writing, essays, non-fiction and poetry. He has published three novels, three books of non-fiction and two books of poetry. His work has been nominated for prizes and is published in eight languages.
Richard is a long-standing collaborator with the group #PablosEye, whose #dub album release 'southlite' is based on his forthcoming novel The Darks. Faber will reissue his novel The Red Dancer in October 2017 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the death of Mata Hari. Another book of poems, 'The Malvern Aviator', is due from Smokestack in April 2018.
Richard also runs Vanguard Readings, a London-based reading series which has been running monthly since 2011 and has so far included more than 50 events. The #VanguardOnTour started in 2016 and has so far made stops at Grasmere, Birmingham, Hay-on-Wye, Margate, Norwich, Leeds, Ludlow, Manchester and Bristol. More stops to follow.
In 2014, he founded Vanguard Editions, a highly specialised press that has so far published two poetry anthologies, a short story anthology as well as original single-authored books of poetry and art-writing. Vanguard Editions has an ACE-funded Social Action imprint that publishes books to support and promote marginal voices.
Richard is Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy and a tutor on its six-month 'Writing a Novel' course.