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Richard English

Richard English

Richard English is a British Academy Award-winning researcher who graduated from King’s College London with a first in philosophy in 1992 and completed an MPhil at Birkbeck College, specialising in psychoanalytic theory and moral philosophy. At the time, he was particularly keen to find out if he really existed, and, if he did, how he could appease his over-zealous conscience. After leaving university these matters continued to plague him until he became the world lay expert on Hepatitis C, performing PR interviews on behalf of the British Liver Trust on BBC News at 6, Radio London, the Australian Broadcasting Company, Sydney Radio and so on. He famously appeared on a chat show hosted by Julie Goodyear, barmaid at the Rovers Return, Coronation Street, for Granada Television, in the company of a libertine antiques trader and a babbling soothsayer from Kentish Town.

His publications include Living with Hepatitis C (1997) and Coping Successfully with Hepatitis C (2000). His literary fiction has appeared in the Edward Moore Review, Libra and MIR6. For 2009, he was awarded a grant from Arts Council England (Literature) for long fiction, which has culminated in his novel Sunrise with Sea Monsters (due for publication in 2012, Canonbury Press). It is the story of an angst-ridden art dealer plagued by a dysfunctional Mum, a bitchy ex-wife and a mute parrot, and his Odyssey around the experimental therapy centres of London and Somerset. Richard lives in Little Venice with Rebecca, his partner, and Ollie, their son. Baxter, his Welsh terrier, has retired to the south coast.

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Bob Dylan: Me and Lozza… and Bob too!

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, 17 May 2002

Bob Dylan: Brighton Entertainment Centre 4th May LOZZA AND I are in the Standing Area in front of the Brighton Conference Centre ...

Lenny Kravitz: A Man Called Sex

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, 28 June 2002

Lenny Kravitz: Wembley Arena, 17th June ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney: Back In The World, Earls Court, London April 21st

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

ALL MY LIFE I’d wanted to see the Beatles. My sister saw them at Hammersmith in the ‘60s and screamed. This was my ...

Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, 5 May 2005

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2005

THIRTY SEVEN YEARS ago my Mum wouldn't let me go to the Cream Farewell Concert. She didn't want me to mix with all those ...

Santana: All That He Is: Santana at Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2006

IN A PANAMA HAT, Hawaiian shirt, baggy jeans, trainers, shades, pallid complexion, and bristly moustache that he was careful not to get his chewing gum ...

Eric Clapton: EC Is PC: Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall, 25 May 2006

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2006

ON A SUNNY SPRING evening Eric Clapton gave his sixth of seven gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, the "nation's village hall" as Queen Victoria ...

Blind Faith, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood: The Eye That Sees Aright: Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2010

IT'S RARE THAT ONE mixes Aristotle with rock, but it was impossible to ignore a giant eye rolling on the back projection screen during 'Voodoo ...

Crosby and Nash: The Rejuvenating Effect of Grandpa Rock: Crosby and Nash at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 8th October 2011

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, October 2011

I PARKED MY ZIMMER FRAME, tuned my hearing aid, munched a senna pod and shuffled into the Albert Hall with the other boomers. A man ...

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