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                 Forthcoming New Book

Breaching the Barriers, a collection of short stories and essays will be published early in 2022. This collection contains work written over the past fifteen years, some of which has appeared in literary magazines including Coldnoon, Muse India, Bangalore Review and India Periodical, but many previously unpublished.

                  Situational Analysis for Persons with                                            Autism in Cambodia

Richard has recently secured a contract from ACCESS (Australia) to conduct an amalysis of the sitaution for young people with autism and their families in Cambodia. This involves work with colleagues from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Phnom Penh and will provide recommendations for further development in support of this population.

    TV Records Reading at Bloomsday 2021 in                                                        Northampton 
On 16th June, at the annual Bloomsday event in commemoration ofnthe publication of James Joyce's Ulysses in Northampton, The Irish in the UK TV show came to film readings and interviews with Richard and fellow writer James Vollmar.

                                        The programme can be seen at the link below

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The event received good media coverage in the printed press as can be seen here.

 Podcast Series Addresses International Issues

A podcast series edited by Dr Joanne Banks from Trinity College Dublin was used to consider critical issues facing education systems attempting to provide for children who have found difficulties in accessing formal schooling. The series featured researchers from around the world and included an interview with Richard. The series will soon be published by Routledge.

                                     New Poetry Collection

A new collection of Richard's poetry has been published, this features work that is focused on his many years of travelling to work in different parts of the world.

Book based on Project IRIS and Written with                                                       Michael Shevlin

Establishing Pathways to Inclusion provides insights from Project IRIS the longitudinal study of special educational needs provision in te Republic of Ireland conducted on behalf of the National Council for Special Education. It includes chapters on project development, the methodology deployed and the findings from the research.


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The text of Letters to Lucia, the play written by Richard Rose and James Vollmar, and originally performed on Bloomsday 2018 at the graveside of Lucia Anna Joyce has been published by Triskellion Publications. In addition to the play, there are notes on its production written by James Vollmar, a history of its origins by Richard Rose, and interview conducted by Richard with Sheila George, who was an occupational therapist who worked with and knew Lucia well, and an introduction by the well known Irish Joyce scholar Senator David Norris.

The book also contains several photographs from the original production.

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Review from the Irish Post


BLOOMSDAY is celebrated each June 16 in cities across the world. But the setting of the Northampton event in Kingsthorpe Cemetery beside the grave of Lucia is unique. The location grants a special atmosphere to the performance — with the mournful sound of the uilleann pipes carrying on the breeze, the actors in period costume, and the graveside almost appearing ethereal, the stage is set for a memorable and moving production Letters to Lucia includes the characters: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett — who in real life acted as Joyce’s amanuensis as well as, allegedly, Lucia’s lover, Mrs Nora Joyce (Nora Barnacle), Miss Kathleen Neel – an American born dancer who was Lucia’s friend in Paris, and Mr Frank Budgen – a self-taught artist and friend of Joyce.


Acting as narrator in the play, Budgen teases out facts we already know, but with a wry, entertaining spirit — and in an echo of Joyce’s work, with a background of surreal circumstance. His exchange with Joyce, early in the play,  is typical:

BUDGEN [to the audience]: ‘He was at the time working on a long, complex, stylistically innovative novel which, in the unlikely event of it ever being published, was to be entitled Ulysses . The action apparently took place over one day in Dublin in 1904. June 16th. Today. ‘Joyce looked pleased with himself.’ ‘You’ve had a good day’s writing?,’ I enquired. ‘Excellent,’ he said. ‘Two sentences.’ I made every effort to share his enthusiasm. ‘Two sentences. Grand! You were obviously having some trouble finding the right words.’ ‘Oh no,’ said Joyce. ‘I always had the right words. It was putting them in the right order that was the problem.’ (Pause) ‘Now, this is neither the time nor place to speculate as to whether Joyce actually wrote that famous sketch in the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show of 1971 in which Eric Morecambe made the same observation to André Previn about his piano playing. As far as I know that was the work of Eddie Braben, but I died earlier in 1971, so I missed it anyway.’Humour is evident throughout. Budgen at one point announces: “I can’t believe we’re still waiting for Beckett.” An exchange between the pair then takes place:

BUDGEN: ‘Ah! Beckett we’ve been waiting for you. We’ve gone home. That’s why we’re still here.’

BECKETT: ‘Very funny.’

BUDGEN: ‘If you need somewhere to stay tonight there’s a nice dustbin over there for you.’

BECKETT: ‘The humour just keeps on coming.’

BUDGEN: ‘Did you call in at the County Cricket Ground on your way up here?’

There is little new information in the play, such as the above allusion to Beckett being a cricket player of international stature, but characters are brought back to life in a new alignment. It’s funny, thought provoking, erudite and entertaining, in equal measure. But above all it is poignant — the outline of Lucia’s tragic life is laid bare, alongside her illustrious father’s attempts to cope with it.

Capacity Building of  Young Talent in Trans-disciplinary Research for a Sustainable Development of Society
July 8th 2020

The Center for Research & Development, Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli in India are convening a 6 day webinar from 13th - 18th July to build capacity for researchers within the country. Richard will present a session titled "Researching Vulnerable Lives; Conducting Research Respectfully" at 11.00 (IST) for one hour on Thursday 16th July. Other speakers at this event include DR. Sanjeeva Kumar Singh, Professor in Bioinformatics, Alagappa University, DR. Nirmala Arul Rayan, Genome Institute of Singapore and DR. Parul Kumar, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management Studies.

Developing a Commonwealth Guide to Mainstreaming Disability in Educational Policies and Systems

Richard is currently working on a project for the Commonwealth Office to produce case studies and issue guidance related to the current situation for children and students in education who have disabilities across the Commonwealth States. This is a largely desk based research process that will build upon previous work undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

May 7th 2020

"Open Up Your Thinking"

Project for New Researchers in Commonwealth Countries

During June and July as part of the Commonwealth Researchers in Pursuit endeavour groups of new researchers are being supported to develop their skills and pursue investigations related to the current Covid-19 Pandemic. New researchers are addressing specific themes under the leadership of more experienced researchers. Richard is leading a group of ten researchers from across Commonwealth States working on the theme: Access and Inclusivity in Education: Addressing the Barriers for the most Disadvantaged and Marginalised in Times of Pandemic. It is anticipated that the researchers will produce a discussion document on this issue later this summer and possibly present their findings at a conference in 2021

Working in Cambodia March 2020

March 23rd 2020


During recent weeks Richard has been working with colleagues from Caritas Cambodia on a project to promote social inclusion. This has involved a number of training workshops in Phnom Penh and also field work to collect data from families who have a child with disability, and schools in villages in Kampong Cham District. This was an initial phase of developing new support networks for families in village communities and also to develop awareness and generate professional development for teachers and other professionals working with families in these areas in an initiative led by Dr Bhoomikumar Jegannathan.

As part of this process Caritas produced a newsletter highlighting issues related to social awareness that can be accessed here:




Members of the Caritas field work team with staff and children from a village school

Village in Kampong Cham District during field work visit

It is anticipated that a follow-up visit to Cambodia will be made once the Covid-19 pandemic has receded in order to commence the development and delivery of a model of support within the communities visited thus far.

A workshop conducted in Phnom Penh involved critical workers from health, education and social welfare in drawing together priorities to inform a development plan which will assist in the establishment of an effective support model. A main feature of the field work was to enable parents and village workers to have a say in what they wanted to happen and to enable greater understanding of the ways in which future support can be provided.

In May 2020 two poems based upon Richard's experiences in Cambodia were published in the South East Asia Literary Magazine Anak Sastra. A link can be found on the non-academic writing page

Research Field Work in Telangana, India

February  8th 2020

Research Team During Field  Work in Rural Telangana State

At the end of January and in early February Richard worked with a team of researchers and interpreters collecting data in villages in rural Telangana State, India. The work involved interviews with parents of children with disabilities, and professionals, including therapists and teachers who support families. The field work was part of the project to investigate the lives of families who have a child with disability, which aims to understand their lives and make recommendations for changes to support provision to improve their access to services and education. During the visit observations were made in a number of rehabilitation centres, schools and other facilities currently offering support to families.

The photograph shows the research team and interpreters at their accommodation in Mahabubnagar.

The team is currently working on transcription, translation and analysis of data and will reassemble in Hyderabad in September 2020.

During this visit Richard also presented a workshop on qualitative research methods at Hyderabad Central University.

A paper based upon aspects of this research project has recently been published and can be viewed at the hyperlink below: 

Rose, R., Narayan, J., Matam, S, & Reddy Sambram, P. (2021) A Comparison of Provision and Access to Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in a Metropolitan City and a Rural District in Telangana State, India. Educational Sciences 11 (3) educsci11030111