RICHARD PINE – BIOGRAPHY
Richard Pine is widely acknowledged as one of the world's authorities on the life and work of LAWRENCE DURRELL. His book Lawrence Durrell: the Mindscape (1994/2005) is the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the work. After a lecture on his work in 1972 by Richard Pine, Lawrence Durrell called it “The best unpacking of my literary baggage that I have heard”. Richard and Durrell went on to establish a friendship which lasted until Durrell's death in 1990.
In 2002 Richard established the Durrell School of Corfu which he directed until its closure in 2013 and continues as its director with its renaissance in 2015 as the Durrell Library : www.durrelllibrarycorfu.org.
Educated in London and at Trinity College, Dublin, Richard worked in music promotion and public affairs 1974-99 at RTÉ (the Irish national broadcaster) where he also developed his career as a radio broadcaster. He is the author of many books including The Thief of Reason: Oscar Wilde and Modern Ireland (1995), The Diviner: the Art of Brian Friel (1999; highly praised by Seamus Heaney) and The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World (2010).
In addition to Lawrence Durrell: the Mindscape, Richard's essays and lectures on Durrell are also available on the Durrell Library website: www.durrelllibrarycorfu.org.
Richard writes a regular column on Greek affairs for The Irish Times. His most recent book, based on his column, is Greece Through Irish Eyes (2015).
Richard says: “Reading The Alexandria Quartet continues to be an enriching experience for anyone interested in love, life, literature, the nature of meaning and the meaning of nature. Sharing this critical and readerly interest with others is a pleasure and an education in itself”.
If you are accepted for participation in one of the workshops in either Week 1 (18-23 June) or Week 2 (25-30 June) you are eligible for free admission to Richard Pine's class, “Reading The Alexandria Quartet”.