About

Reading in Cheshire

I’m married with two young boys and like to travel and write whenever I can find time – usually staring out of a window on the Birmingham to Liverpool service.

I was part of Writing West Midlands Room 204 writers’ development programme (2012). I enjoyed the experience and got to work with some very talented people.

I’ve been published in the Daily Telegraph and Guardian and several anthologies of short stories. I enjoy the moral high ground, ice cream and drumming my fingers on the foil on coffee jars.

On the left, I’m giving a reading in Cheshire. It’s in black and white, but not for arty reasons. My jumper clashes disastrously with the room decor.

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9 Responses to About

  1. Prac Critter says:

    Hi Rich, congratulations on being shortlisted for the ‘still’ competition.

    What pieces have you had published in the Telgraph/Guardian – and how did you go about submitting them?
    Also, I’d like to see the original jumper/wallpaper colour clash please!
    Jonny

    • richlakin says:

      Hi Jonny, mainly travel – the Guardian prize is still open, via their website and the Telegraph runs a weekly comp called Just Back. The jumper was Villa colours – not my choice! I’ll have a look at your blog when I escape work.
      cheers
      Rich

  2. Rich, I wish you good fortune in all your writing endeavors. I’ve always heard it’s harder to build a readership with short stories, especially when published separately. I suppose if you contribute regularly to a popular magazine, or a literary quarterly, it does become easier. I may eventually challenge myself to write an anthology to publish under one cover, as I have quite a few story ideas spinning around in my head. For the moment, though, I’m concentrating my efforts on novels. I’ve just published one, which you are free to check out, if you wish. I hope to publish another one in 2014, and at least one every year thereafter. I’m not aiming for any awards. I simply want to entertain. By the way, I discovered your blog through “beetleypete,” (one of your followers). Pete has a witty style that I find highly enjoyable. He also waxes nostalgic here and there, and, since we are roughly the same age, I can easily identify with his sentiments. .

    • richlakin says:

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your writing. Yes, the difference between writing novels and short stories is huge….I enjoy writing shorts more, but it’s nice to work on a longer piece that develops isn’t it? Writing one a year is good!

  3. vinnieh says:

    Cool blog you’ve got here.

  4. Hi Rich,

    Thanks for your blog on Boscobel House. The team at English Heritage really enjoyed it.

    We’ve shared it on the Boscobel Facebook page here: with https://www.facebook.com/boscobelhouse/posts/1200879766621615

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