Richard King

Richard King is an author, critic and poet. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, he attended Salford University and gained an MA in Literary History and Cultural Discourse from the University of Sussex, before moving to London to work in publishing and develop his own writing career. Since moving to Australia in 2001 he has been published in a range of newspapers and magazines, including, inter alia, The Australian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Independent, The Monthly, Griffith Review, the Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, Overland, New Matilda, Australian Book Review and 3 Quarks Daily (for whom he wrote a regular column between 2016 and 2018). He has also been published in The Best Australian Poems and the Best Australian Science Writing.  Close to the Arena cooperative in Melbourne, he writes regularly for Arena Onlineand Arena’s quarterly magazine, focusing in particular on the relationship between culture and technology. His first book On Offence: The Politics of Indignation (Scribe, 2013) was widely and positively reviewed by critics, with The Weekend Australian’s Geordie Williamson calling it ‘an extended essay of uncommon eloquence and brio.’ The late Clive James, an admirer of King’s writing, wrote the following on his personal website:

In any English-speaking newspaper, of whatever altitude, news and culture tend to be separated by a rabbit-proof fence, but Richard King has been given a free hand to make news out of culture, and without trivialising the second thing in favour of the first.

King’s website is He lives in Fremantle with his wife and two children.

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