‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx
Richard was raised in Tasmania amidst rivers, rainforest and Reader’s Digest books. He loved reading traditional literature such as The Wind in the Willows and The Call of the Wild, and used to finish all of his work early in primary school so that the teacher would let him write stories. When his parents gave him a copy of The Great Gatsby he “knew from that moment what I wanted to do, and what the ideal looked like.”
As well as writing award-winning novels, poetry, short stories and educational texts, Richard teaches secondary English and Drama. This has enabled him to see firsthand the wonderful and empowering effect of good storytelling on children. Richard believes wholeheartedly that thoughtful, well-crafted fiction will always allow young people to better understand their own world, and better empathise with those who come into that world.
A significant highlight of Richard’s career was receiving, in 2011, a prestigious Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to education, literature and performing arts.