Richard Lambert writes poetry and fiction. His second poetry collection The Nameless Places was published by Arc in 2017, and his poems have appeared in The Spectator, the TLS, and The Forward Anthology. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. His short story ‘The Hazel Twig and the Olive Tree’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and his first novel The Wolf Road is due for publication next year.


Richard Lambert was born in London in 1971. He writes poetry and fiction.

His poetry pamphlet The Magnolia was published in 2008 and his debut collection Night Journey was published in 2012. He was the recipient of an Arts Council award to write a second collection The Nameless Places, which was published in 2017.

His poems have appeared in The Spectator, the TLSPoetry ReviewPoetry Ireland ReviewPN ReviewThe RialtoThe Yellow Nib, and have been anthologised in The Forward AnthologyThe Poetry Cure, and Lung Jazz.

In fiction, Richard graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. He won a place on Escalator, a talent development scheme for writers in the east of England, run by the National Centre for Writing.

His short story ‘The Hazel Twig and the Olive Tree’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2017, he was overall winner of the Fish Short Story Prize in 2019 for his story ‘Wakkanai Station’,  and he was a runner-up in the Bridport Prize for his story ‘Turtles’.

His YA novel The Wolf Road will be published by Everything with Words in 2020.

Richard has a PhD from the University of Bristol. His thesis was on the significance of the wilderness and the urban landscape in stories written in medieval Paris. He has worked in higher education, local government, and the NHS, and is an experienced creative writing tutor. He lives in Norwich.

Richard is represented by Charles Walker at United Agents.

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