Richard Batchelor


The Pelican School of Bird and Other Stories is Richard Batchelor’s second book and first work of fiction. His first book, The Temp Pest, a largely autobiographical half-comedy mostly set in warehouses and packing factories, is also available to download on Smashwords. Batchelor is also a musician and the front man in the longstanding rock and roll indie group, Ricky Spontane. The group have released three studio albums; Spontane Time, Hit the Town and Spontane 3, as well as a clutch of singles. A new EP, The Seeds of Doom, will hopefully be available to download by the time you’ve read this book. Batchelor has also released a solo album, Richard I.
Batchelor, who currently lives in Chartres, France, is a hypochondriac, a Fats Domino obsessive and a bungler. He is both imprisoned and liberated by his own imagination. It depends on the day. He can be contacted on:

Amendment May 2017. Though Morrissey is oft quoted and rightly so during my first book, any genius he had seems to have dissipated into idiocy and bigotry. It's a pity, but true. I have no time for the man these days.


The Impetuous River and Other Poems
Price: Free! Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
The Impetuous River is a gripping, harrowing and magical tale of two otters on the run whose homeland becomes riddled with jealousy and destructiveness. The poem is composed entirely of serious limericks. As one reader commentated, 'It’s kind of Richard Adams writing Othello while sponsored by Greenpeace.'
The Pelican School of Bird and Other Stories
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 91,770. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
These stories feature angelic sloths, exploitation and rip-off merchantry, tripping birds, dangerous baths, a bureaucratic pig, a Hades of sorts, the price of immortality, nightmares in Paris, madness and denial of the prism of light, The Doctors of Madness, lolloping killer cretins and a hunter with a toaster for a torso. What more d’ya want?
The Temp Pest
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 57,210. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
(4.89 from 9 reviews)
The Temp Pest is the first e-book by Richard Batchelor, a comic, psychedelic, trip into the absurd, painful and strange world of temping, in which the 'hero' finds himself somewhat, shall we say, out of sync with his surroundings...