Richard Smith

Biography

The author was born in May 1956 in the North of England to parents who taught him to value of hard work, education and perseverance. Despite suffering from dyslexia, his ambition was always to be a writer. In September 1975, he commenced a Degree in Applied Sociology and Social research and successfully graduated in November 1979.. Following some years in Business, Marketing and Local Government Administration he began a career in teaching adults in October 1987 before setting up in business as a Private Tutor in October 1990. In July 1998, he successfully completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, which qualified him to teach all Social Science Subjects and History. By then, he had also obtained Diplomas in Marketing (1988), Adult Further Education Teaching (1989), Management Studies (1990), and Theology (1997). His growing teaching work brought him into close contact with the Jewish, Asian, Chinese and Afro-Caribbean Communities. (He won't disclose which community provides the best cuisine!) In May 2007, he branched out into poetry with some poems eventually being accepted by two different publications. He has also performed at fringe events of two major literary festivals. Following much careful market research, he decided (in January 2010) to set-up business in self-publishing. In September 2012 he began a line of work in online tuition which still continues.

In November 2011 the author released through Amazon and Lulu Publications a volume of poetry and short stories entitled 'At 47 (Poems on 'This' or 'That) ' which is only available in printed form.Its ISBN's are 978-1-907910-06-7 (Soft-cover) and 978-907910-08-1 (Hard-cover). He's currently producing a family History.

His 'Advantage Study Skills' were first published in A4 sized booklet form in 2013. A soft cover version is currently available from Amazon and Lulu. (Advantage Study Skills, Richard Smith, ISBN: 978-1-90710-10-4). The latest kindle edition was released in August 2014 and to facilitate reader access has divided the original volume into twelve small booklets.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and live in the North of England. It influenced my writing by encouraging a directness of style and a willingness to engage with difficult issues from an original standpoint. I've also inherited a tradition of challenging conventional wisdom and disliking any form of pretentious hypocrisy.
When did you first start writing?
When I was six and it was illegible!. However my first real creative burst of energy happened from the ages of 18 to 20. However, I didn't know what to do with my creativity and in March 1977 I threw my rather late teenage angst material away into a skip. (I don't think the world has lost much through me doing this.) Apart from some poetry and rather amateurish attempts at story telling whilst attending a creative writing class during the 1981-82 academic year, I really didn't get going until I was aged 47 in 2003. It was only then that I gained the confidence that I could actually do something with my writing and this led to the publication of 'At 47' in November 2011.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Richard Smith online


Where to buy in print


Books

Advantage Study Skllls: Exam Skills (Study Aid 12)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Testing & measurement, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Evaluation & assessment
The purpose of this booklet is to help students get good exam grades
Advantage Study Skllls: Proof reading (Study Aid 11)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays
The purpose of this booklet is to enable students to proof read and edit their work
Advantage Study Skllls: Conclusions (Study Aid 10)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Aims & objectives
The purpose of this booklet is to enable students to write good conclusions that answer's the question that's been set
Advantage Study Skllls: Arguing Skills (Study Aid 9)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays
This booklet looks at how studets can write good paragraphs with well structured sentences
Advantage Study Skllls: Arguing Skills (Study Aid 8)
You set the price! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Evaluation & assessment
The purpose of this Study Aid is to enable students to present an argument in a convincing and plausible manner
Advantage Study Skllls: Introductions (Study Aid 7)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays
This booklet is designed to help students write good introductions to their written pieces of work.
Advantage Study Skllls: Assignment planning (Study Aid 6)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Aims & objectives
This booklet is designed to help students plan their essays and dissertations so that they obtain high grades
Advantage Study Skllls: Free-Writing (Study Aid 5)
You set the price! Words: 930. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Language experience approach
This book should enable students to improve their writing skills and ability to come up with new, creative ideas
Advantage Study Skllls: Writing Skills (Study Aid 4)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays
This study aid is designed to help students improve the quality of their writing.
Advantage Study Skllls: Thinking Skills (Study Aid 3)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Learning styles
This booklet should enable its readers to develop the thinking skills needed to pass exams.
Advantage Study Skllls: Revision Skills (Study Aid 2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Research
This booklet will enable students to improve their revision skills.
Advantage Study Skllls: Note Taking Skills (Study Aid 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,480. Language: British English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Adult & continuing education, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Learning styles
This booklet provides the note-taking skills students require in order to successfully record information and to pass pass their exams.

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