Richard Smyth writes about nature, history, books, philosophy, art, sport and anything else that occurs to him. His latest book, 'A Sweet Wild Note: What We Hear When The Birds Sing', is an acclaimed cultural history of birdsong.
Richard's first book, 'Bum Fodder: An Illustrated History Of Toilet Paper', was featured on BBC Radio 4 and on national radio in Ireland and Australia; his books on English history have been decribed as "Horrible Histories for grown-ups".
His first novel, 'Wild Ink', was published in 2014, and his prize-winning short stories have appeared in magazines including Structo, The Lonely Crowd, The Fiction Desk, The Stockholm Review, Riptide, Litro, The Stinging Fly, Vintage Script and Firewords Quarterly.
When he is not writing books, he works as a journalist, compiles crosswords, draws cartoons, wastes time on Twitter, and sets questions for the iconic BBC quiz show 'Mastermind' (he was a finalist on the show in 2009).