Ric Cheyney

Ric Cheyney

Ric Cheyney was born in Cambridge, England. For ten years he was a semi-pro singer/songwriter in the Cambridge area, supplemented by various jobs including bus driver and college gyp. Ric completed a BA (Hons) Literature degree at the University of Essex in 1983, and a PGCE diploma at the university of Manchester in 1984. After that he taught English Language and Literature for thirty years. Now Ric grows and nurtures trees in a five-acre garden in North-West Wales, and manages a website where he covers music, writing and arboreal activities. Ric’s journalistic pieces, poems and fiction have been published in various magazines and journals.


Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?

A: The first book that made me want/need more was a cheap supermarket paperback of Tarzan And The Foreign Legion. If anyone turned me on to reading it was definitely Edgar Rice Burroughs.


Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?

A: To quote Albert King, ‘If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have no luck at all!’


Q: Who is your person of inspiration?

A: Laura Nyro managed to give intensely passionate musical expression to the joys of ordinary daily life.