The website of writer and painter Richard Milward
Author of Apples, Ten Storey Love Song and Kimberly's Capital Punishment
'A major talent' - Irvine Welsh
'One of the country's most important and celebrated young authors' - Dazed & Confused
TEN STOREY LOVE SONG play at EDINBURGH FRINGE, 3-29 AUGUST
After its critically-acclaimed run at Hull Truck Theatre, Middle Child return to Edinburgh Fringe with their production of Richard Milward's second novel, adapted by Luke Barnes.
Ten Storey Love Song follows Bobby the Artist's rise to stardom and horrific drug psychosis, Johnnie's attempts to stop thieving and start pleasing Ellen in bed, and Alan Blunt, a forty-year-old truck driver who spends a worrying amount of time patrolling the grounds of the local primary school. A love song to a loveless Teesside, Ten Storey Love Song is a ferocious slab of concrete prose, peppered with beauty and delivered with glorious abandon.
Middle Child returned from the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as award winners for their production of Weekend Rockstars and Ten Storey Love Song will look much the same: part play, part house party and a truly good night out. Running at Jack Dome, Pleasance Dome, 3-29 August 2016. Ticket prices £6-10.
NEW PAINTINGS & READINGS, AUTUMN 2016
Taking inspiration from the machine-breaking Luddites of the early 19th century, Richard is producing ten surrealistic paintings ('Luddites' Nightmares') that aim to expose, exaggerate and ridicule the ways modern technology encroaches on - and distorts - everyday life. Each painting will focus on a different uncanny 'nightmare' set in a not-too-distant future. Scenarios range from the future of national healthcare, the internet's distorting looking-glass, TV's grip on humanity, the lunatic deadlock of nuclear deterrants, the plastic air-brushed stage-managed absurdity of online pornography...
The paintings will be exhibited individually at a series of events Spring-Autumn 2016 (with readings from other authors on the technology theme) in what was the 'Luddite Triangle' where the original revolts took place 200 years ago: Lancashire/Cheshire to Yorkshire to Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire.
Wednesday 21st September 2016: Rough Trade Nottingham (showing 2 paintings plus readings from Richard, Joe Dunthorne & Lara Williams), 7pm. Free entry
OUT NOW - KIMBERLY'S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN PAPERBACK
'Sees [Milward] shift effortlessly from thrilling new talent to major literary force to be reckoned with'- The List Best Books of 2012
'A deliciously playful, marvellously adventurous fuck-you of a novel; a confident and assured effort from one of the country's most inventive young writers'- Time Out Book of the Week
Kimberly's Capital Punishment tells the story of Kimberly Clark, born to the sound of cackling witches, Halloween 1984. Having moved to London with her athletic boyfriend, the sweet-but-stuttering Stevie, she soon tires of him and decides to destroy the relationship from within by being as vile as is humanly possible. When this tactic leads to Stevie's violent death by his own hand, Kimberly embarks on an enthusiastic, but no less disastrous, venture in 'unadulterated altruism'. Kimberly's soul hangs in the balance - will she ultimately spend eternity in the great TopShop in the sky? Or will she be hurtled into an abyss of endless physical torture, sexual humiliation and bad stand-up comedy? This is the story of Kimberly's redemption, or possibly her damnation: it's up to you. There are six different endings on offer. Bring your own dice. Prepare to lose your marbles.
This is a shocking, laugh-out-loud, nightmare-and-nausea-inducing book: a wild narrative experiment that recalls taboo-busting writers from William Burroughs to Irvine Welsh to Chuck Palahniuk.
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