Richard O'Brien


Research interests

Over the last ten years I’ve published poems on a range of subjects, from romance to domestic space to internet shock images to weird experiments with dolphins. My pamphlets have come out, or are forthcoming, with The Emma Press, Valley Press, and Broken Sleep Books, and I’m working towards a full collection. In 2017, I was one of six winners of the Society of Authors’ Eric Gregory Awards for a collection of poems by an author under thirty. I'm currently working on a novel set in Nantes, France - a coming-of-age story with elements of urban fantasy - and a memoir about my relationship with my favourite band. I also write for children, for theatre (including musical theatre - I participate as a lyricist in the Book, Music and Lyrics development scheme) and as an academic critic, focused on Shakespeare and early modern literature, and their reception by contemporary creators and audiences. Publications in this field include an article on fictional representations of Ben Jonson, a book chapter on 20th century adaptations of Volpone - including two musicals - and a book chapter on the unpleasant character of Shakespeare in Upstart Crow and Something Rotten. My practice-led PhD research was on Shakespeare and the development of verse drama. 



Research Student Supervision Interests

I'm happy to contribute to PhD supervisory teams in areas relevant to my expertise, including poetry, adaptations of earlier literature, and writing about place. I'll likely be in a position to consider taking on students as lead supervisor from the 2022/3 academic year onwards.

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, English Literature

    Shakespeare and the Development of Verse Drama

    1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2017