Ricardo Blanco is a version or translation of poet, novelist, essayist and translator Richard Gwyn. Richard grew up in Breconshire, Wales, and following several years in London, spent a decade travelling on and around the Mediterranean, chronicled in his memoir The Vagabond’s Breakfast (a Wales Book of the Year, 2012). After falling seriously ill in Barcelona, he returned to Wales and in 1996 completed a PhD in the semiotics of health and illness at Cardiff University, where he is currently Professor of Creative & Critical Writing. His books include the novels The Colour of a Dog Running Away, Deep Hanging Out and The Blue Tent, and the poetry collections Walking on Bones, Being in Water, Sad Giraffe Café, and, most recently, Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure. He has also compiled and edited an anthology of contemporary poetry from Wales, The Pterodactyl’s Wing (2003), and spent much of the time between 2011-2015 travelling in Latin America, preparing and translating a second major anthology, The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America (2016). His other translations include collections by the Argentinian poets Joaquín O, Giannuzzi and Jorge Fondebrider, and the Colombian Darío Jaramillo Agudelo (forthcoming, 2019).
He divides his time between Cardiff and a small village in Catalonia.
Richard is represented by Ivan Mulcahy at MMB Creative.