I’m Richard, born in Berkshire, England in 1950. I studied Old English, and the Modern Short Story at Leeds, and was given an MA. I taught in London for seven years. I have lived half my adult life in Co.Cork, where I married an Irishwoman and raised a family.
Businesses in Cork city: southern Ireland’s first wholefood shop and bakery; DecoWare (hand-decorated tableware); and Smashing Tiles, a contemporary mosaic design studio.
Moved to Moux, a small village in the vines of Languedoc in 2000 and started ArtHoliday: residential mosaic & painting courses, with my wife Mary, a professional painter. She thinks: dolmens? – seen one, seen enough. But always comes hillwalking, returning to paint this extraordinary landscape.
Enjoy: reading and writing, walking and seakayaking, cycling and sailing. Wine, women and song.
Always interested in early times, having lived in a region rich in dún, lios, cashel and caher. Only just recently aware that this area of SW France has its own wealth of protohistory : some of it coming to light, some fast being forgotten. Keen to share all this with others, and continue dolmen-hunting.