About Richard Kish

A young man in a shirt and cardigan smiling: Richard Kish


Richard Kish is Nottingham born and bred. His love of literature led to a BA in English from the University of Cambridge and his writing skills and creativity have led to communications jobs in theatre, local government and higher education.

He began his first novel at the age of 14 with the dream of getting it published by the time he was 25. That story would go on to become Richard’s debut novel, The Burning Ash. He is currently working on his second novel with the working title, A Place Where We Belong.

Richard has also written amateur dramatics pantomimes while he was at university and while working in the theatre. One day he’d love to write for a professional pantomime production or be involved in writing the book for a brand new musical should the opportunity arise.


Inspired by modern writers like Patrick Ness, Terry Pratchett, Phillip Pullman, Christopher Paolini, Garth Nix, and more historical writers like Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells and John Milton; Richard has always wanted to write.

For around a decade Richard enjoyed spending time creating video game Let’s Plays on YouTube as XGamerRichy and as part of a larger group called HellfireComms. In 2019 he decided to retire from his solo YouTube work to focus on his writing though he does remain an active member of Hellfirecomms.

A life-long fan of video games, film, theatre, and literature; Richard is always trying to find new ways to integrate his hobbies into his writing allowing him to explore connections across mediums and genres.