Richard Thomas it a poet living in Plymouth, UK, with both a diploma and a degree in English and Creative Writing. His poems and haiku are published/forthcoming in online and print journals internationally such as Orbis, Fire, Weyfarers, Caught in the Net, The Lake, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Neon Highway, The Coffeehouse, Lunar Poetry, Reflections, Notes from the Gean, Presence, Bottle Rockets, The Screech Owl, Carousel SW, Venus in Scorpio, Wild Orphan, Futures Trading, Tribe, Tears in the Fence, Client Culture, Bold + Italic, The IMPpress, KLCHR, Neutral Norway and Clinic, and in various anthologies. Richard produced the poetry e-zine Symmetry Pebbles for which his editorial selection of a poem by Rodney Nelson won Rodney a Poetry Kit Award, he was a Creative Writing Editor for Tribe and it’s micro publication Thief, and was the Managing Editor for Ink, Plymouth University’s creative writing magazine, and he wrote this blog post about fatherhood and poetry for the Huffington Post UK.
In 2011, his poem ‘Dig’ was shortlisted for the National Poetry Competition. Richard’s debut collection of poetry, The Strangest Thankyou, was published by Cultured Llama in November 2012, and his pamphlet, ‘Zygote Poems’ was published in June 2015.
Richard is also not shy from reading his poems live, having appeared with his poetry across the South West, including slots at The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, Port Eliot Festival and Barnstaple Fringe Festival, as well as reading his poems live on BBC Introducing on Radio Devon. He often takes to the stage with an ever-changing line up of musicians who improvise a musical backdrop for him to let his words resound upon, although sometimes he prefers to perform alone.
‘Richard Thomas is that rare beast, an artist who’s creating something worthwhile and, dare I say it – beautiful, from the poetry-music crossover. Accompanied by washes of guitar that perfectly complement the ebb and flow of his economic imagery, Richard has the ability to reel you in where others simply leave you floundering. Isn’t it great when there’s a bit of thinking behind the noise?’ – Russell Thompson, Apples and Snakes
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