Royal Literary Fellow, Lancaster University

Dr. Rob Chapman is currently the holder of a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at the University of Liverpool. He is an author of fiction and non-fiction, and his lecturing experience has encompassed everything from doctoral supervision to teaching remedial English in a psychiatric borstal. He has also been a music journalist, predominantly for The Times and Mojo, a radio broadcaster with the BBC national network, and singer-lyricist with the Bristol based avant-punk band Glaxo Babies. His most recently published book Psychedelia and Other Colours (Faber and Faber 2015) is a labyrinthine account of the prehistory, cultural antecedents and creative manifestations of LSD-inspired music. Previous to that he wrote a critically acclaimed biography Syd Barrett: a very irregular head (Faber and Faber 2010). His debut novel Dusk Music was published by Flambard Press in 2008. His history of offshore radio, Selling The Sixties: the pirates and pop music radio was published by Routledge in 1992 and is still in print. Rob also runs an experimental writing workshop called ‘Stream of Conscious Mess’ as an antidote to the somewhat fallacious proposition that writing has to be about self-expression. He lives in Todmorden, Lancashire.

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    Royal Literary Fellow, Lancaster University