Dr Richard House

Dr Richard House

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I joined the Creative Writing programme in 2010 and work alongside my colleagues to help students develop their craft, discipline, and research practice in creative writing. My interests are in long-form contemporary fiction, from the mid-80s on, which engage, in some way, with larger political or social frameworks. 


  • PhD 
  • MFA
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art


My creative practice has developed out of public arts projects with a collaborative group called Haha.  While I primarily write fiction, I make short films, and am currently writing a feature length film and developing ideas for TV.

I write long-form fiction, most recently ‘The Kills’, which was accompanied, when published digitally, by related short films and audio projects.‘The Kills’ was longlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2013, and shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, the GC Prize, and the South Bank Arts Award.


I teach on all levels for the undergraduate (Creative Practice, Drama & Media, CW Dissertations), Research Skills 2, and dissertations for the MA in Creative Writing.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise research students in long-form fiction and screenwriting, and I have an interest in writing for new forms (performance, live art, and for digital platforms). I will be taking on new research students in 2017. 


I’m currently working on a series of novels, tentatively titled ‘Murmur’. I’m concurrently developing related projects - a feature film with Film 4, and a TV series - which extend ideas (and the timeline) from the novels.  The starting point for the current work comes from broad research into 70-80’s protest groups in the UK and the US. 

Other activities

I edit an online journal www.fatboyreview.net which has new content placed each December for a limited period (12 Days). 

‘The Kills’ is currently in development with Playground Entertainment for STARZ and the BBC. 


Recent Short Fiction

  • Sections of the new novel were published on twitter @wewereok 
  • ‘Skin’ OUT magazine, 2015
  • ‘Underworld’, short story, produced by Mair Bosworth for BBC Radio 4, and published in ‘A Midlands Odyssey’ by Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press, 2014
  • ‘Agra’, short story published by Prospect magazine, 2013

Long-Form Fiction

  •  ‘The Kills’ (Picador, UK/US, 2013)
  • ‘Uninvited’ Serpents Tail / High Risk, 2003
  • ‘Bruiser’ Serpents Tail / High Risk, 1997

Reviews of The Kills: