Richard Milward was born on 26 October 1984 in Middlesbrough, England. In April 2007, his debut novel Apples (Faber) was published when Richard was the tender age of twenty-two, to great critical acclaim. Northern Stage/Company of Angels produced Apples for the stage in 2010, touring it extensively in the UK, including an award-winning spell at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Richard's second novel, Ten Storey Love Song (Faber), was released in the UK in February 2009, receiving accolades from such folk as Irvine Welsh ('a major talent') and Lauren Laverne ('astounding'). His third novel, Kimberly's Capital Punishment, was published in August 2012 and he is currently writing his fourth novel, to be published by Faber in 2020.
To date, Richard's books have been translated into nine different languages (Dutch, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Turkish). Richard's writing (fiction and non-fiction) has appeared in The Face, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, The Independent, Arena, .Cent, Vice, The Quietus, Loops, Le Gun, Bare Bones, It's Nice That, Middlesbrough FC fanzine Fly Me To The Moon and others.
In June 2008, Richard graduated from Central St Martins College of Art and Design with degree in Fine Art. He has exhibited his psychedelic, slapdash artwork across the UK and Europe. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from Teesside University.