Richard Skinner is the author of three novels, all published by Faber. The Red Dancer has been translated into seven languages. A translation of The Velvet Gentleman was shortlisted in France for the Prix Livres & Musiques. The Velvet Gentleman is published with The Mirror. He has also written a writer’s handbook entitled Fiction Writing. His poems have been published in a variety of print magazines including Staple, Brand and Magma and his full-length collection, the light user scheme, is published in 2013. For many years, Richard was an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths College, London, where he taught on the MA Creative & Life Writing. He is now Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy and a tutor on its six-month 'Writing a Novel' course.