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Richard

Richard Bromhall

Richard heads up the Young City of Literature and My Voice projects. In this role, Richard works with young people from across the city, facilitating and supporting opportunities for young people to read, write, and to develop their creativity.

About Richard

Richard has worked in communities in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire since 2011. Working with young people in local schools and colleges, as a fundraiser for several charities, and alongside the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, he is committed to supporting activities in Nottingham communities. Alongside this work, Richard is also completing a PhD in English Literature at Nottingham Trent University on social class and contemporary fiction.

Richard learns Spanish in his spare time and is a long-suffering Birmingham City supporter.

I wasn’t always a reader. I remember being bored to tears by Ivanhoe and Treasure Island as a kid, two books I’ve since returned to and loved, but I didn’t like the prose or the stories. That all changed when I won a book voucher at secondary school. My mom took me to the local bookshop and told me lots of people had been talking about a new book: Harry Potter. I took her advice, went home with it, and – like so many other children of my generation – devoured it. Plot twists, magic, and the careful world-building that is central to its success, Harry Potter blew my mind with its clever planning and unpredictability. Suddenly, I was hooked.

Now, I look for other things in a book beyond all that excitement. I appreciate now, much more than I did then, the way writers like Ali Smith and Mohsin Hamid play with language and somehow capture a feeling about the entire world in a single sentence; or how writers such as Anthony Cartwright are able to take you home whether you’re there or not.

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