Richard was born in Sheffield and grew up in Rotherham. His first academic subject was English, which he studied at Warwick before completing a PhD on Victorian poetry at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He retains a research interest in theology and literature. Following a career in academic publishing, he read theology at Oxford while training for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon. He served as curate at St Mary Magdalen’s in the city of Oxford, during which time he taught spirituality on the diocesan Local Ministry Training programme. In 2014 he returned to Yorkshire to become Vicar of Holy Trinity & St Jude’s, Halifax. He teaches theological reflection for St Hild College. He is married to Emma and they have one son, Stephen.
- ‘Heartsease I found: Rossetti, Analogy, and the Individual Believing Subject’, Literature and Theology, vol. 28, issue 1 (2014), pp. 29–44
- Plus: several other articles and reviews on literary studies
Research and supervision interests
- Theological reflection and pastoral studies
- Christian doctrine and the arts