Richard Skinner is a writer working across fiction, life writing, essays, non-fiction and poetry. He has published three novels with Faber & Faber, three books of non-fiction and three books of poetry. His work has been nominated for prizes and is published in eight languages.
Richard's poetry has appeared in the Faber anthology First Pressings (1998) and in anthologies for William Blake, John Berger and Médicines Sans Frontières. His third book of poems 'The Malvern Aviator', is due from Smokestack in April 2018. ('Richard Skinner’s The Malvern Aviator carries a freight of deep poetic intelligence.' George Szirtes)
Richard is a longstanding member of the group #PablosEye, whose new release 'southlite' is produced using #dub techniques and is based on his writings. You can download the press release here.
Richard also runs Vanguard Readings, a London-based reading series which has been running monthly since 2011 and has so far included more than 60 events. #VanguardOnTour started in 2016 and has so far made stops at Grasmere, Birmingham, Hay-on-Wye, Margate, Norwich, Leeds, Ludlow & Manchester. More stops are being planned in 2018 at Dublin, Falmouth & Southwold.
In 2014, he founded Vanguard Editions and has so far edited and published two poetry anthologies, a short story anthology as well as six original single-authored books of poetry, stories and art-writing. He is the editor of two other poetry anthologies: The Ecchoing Green: Poems Inspired by William Blake (The Big Blake Project, 2015) and Winter Solstice Anthology (co-edited with Marie Lightman, 2018). 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.