Fiction, Poetry and essays


Richard's creative writing has been published widely in literary magazines, anthologies and books in several countries. Below can be found details and links to some of his writing.

Recently published short fiction


website links are provided where open access is available


Educating Manju

Published in Indian Review

The Elephant Brooch

Published in Muse India



Published in Spadina Review


Anil’s Reward

Published in Indian Periodical

The Missing Hero

Published in Indian Periodical

The Lady with the Twenty Five Letter Alphabet

Published in Adelaide Magazine


Published in Adelaide Literary Magazine


The Siren
Long listed for the Adelaide Literary Award 2020 and published in the Adelaide Literary Award Short Stories Anthology

Umbrellas on the Streets

A story set in the days immediately before th hand-over of Hong Kong by the British Administration to Chinese rule, published July 2021 in Personal Bests Journal

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Recently published essays and other non-fiction

A Guest in Poonthura

Published in Coldnoon

Not Quite Lost in the Streets of Jayanagar and Before the Cacophony Begins

Published in Bangalore Review

Vendors of Dignity and Long Live the Cows of Jayanagar

Published in Bangalore Review


Morning Raga

Published in Bangalore Review

Sanjay Van: An Island prison, or respite from a high-rise hell? 

Published in Coldnoon

Looking Beyond the Boundaries

Published in Spark

If I Really Must Go Shopping

Published in Bangalore Review

No Mere Film Star! 

Published in Bangalore Review

Food for the Soul and the Stomach

Published in Bangalore Review

Macbeth with Added Parrots and  Why don’t These Voices Reach a Wider Audience?  

Published in Bangalore Review

Sea, Sand and …Parrots! 

Published in Spark

Can Two Bangalores Co-exist? 

Published in Bangalore Review

Streetwise but Missing Out

Published in Bangalore Review

The Dignity of an Unheralded Artist on the Streets of Bangalore

Published in Jaggery Literary Magazine

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Four Combined Haiku

Published in Better Than Starbucks July 2019

Ode to Verrier Elwin

Published in  Kitaab Literary Magazine August 2019

Golden Jackal Sanjay Van

Published in Taj Mahal Review (Print only) January 2020

The Scallop

Published in The Cannon’s Mouth Poetry Magazine (print only) Februray 2020

Ta Prohm and Mekong (2 poems) May 2020

Published in Anak Sastra

For My Grandchildren

Published in Spark Literary Magazine May 2020

Blue Skies Over Delhi

Published in Indian Periodical May 2020








Happisburgh Beach

Published in The Cannon's Mouth (print only)September 2020


Published in Grand Little Things Poetry Magazine October 2020








Writing for Performance

In 2018 Letters to Lucia, a play written by Richard Rose and James Vollmar celebrating the life of Lucia Anna Joyce, James Joyce's daughter received its premier performance at Lucia's graveside in Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northampton. Performed by the Triskellion Irish Theatre Company on Bloomsday (16th June) the performance was watched by an appreciative audience and gained some attention in the Irish Press (see below). The text, with accompanying production notes and the history of the play's development, and with an introduction by David Norris, was published in 2020.





A Landscape Never Meant for Man

Published in Iceberg Tales (print only) May 2020


The Uninvited Guest

Published in Runcible Spoon May 2020

Bangalore Once Garden City

Published in Taj Mahal Review (print only) July 2020

Hong Kong Symphony

Published in Northampton Poetry Review (print and on-line)

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Hong Kong Symphony
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Hear Richard Read "Hong Kong Symphony"

Four Haiku

Published in "Black Bamboo" an Anthology of Haiku December 2020


A Sense of Place

A collection of more than 50 poems inspired by travels in the UK, Europe and Asia. Published by Cyberwit

Lament for Men Who Harvested the Seas
Published in Taj Mahal Review June 2021

My Grandfather's Allotment
Published in Peeking Cat Poetry Anthology September 2021

Last Meeting and Dandi Beach 1930
Published in Hyderabad Literary Festival Khabar

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