Hello! My name is Richard Hewett, and over the years I have written many words – for a plethora of purposes.
For some time I provided copy for the (now defunct) Parafax website, which provided a database of every commercially available VHS release in the UK (that’s how long ago this was), and also wrote the occasional themed article to shift some stock when we dabbled in retail. I also contributed reviews to The Guinness Book of Film (1998), which now retails on Amazon for a single shiny penny – but it was the first time I saw my name in print, so the book holds a special place in my memory.
Then I went freelance. Working for Book Club Associates, I brainstormed B2C (business-to-consumer) campaigns and produced press ads, flyers and direct mail for the Quality Paperbacks Direct and Taste clubs, among others.
Later, while working on my PhD, I wrote a number of brief but informative television series overviews and biographies of the great and the good for the British Film Institute’s screenonline website.
Wearing my academic hat, I blog regularly for CST online, the online arm of the Critical Studies in Television journal, and have also written for The Conversation.
Now, for the first time, my various scribblings are gathered together on one easy-to-navigate website. In some cases I have included links to online works; for others, I have uploaded scans of printed versions. Some of this material was never even published, but here it is just the same. For copyright reasons I can’t include my academic journal articles and book chapters, though a full list of publications can be found on my acaemia.edu page. However, my monograph, The Changing Spaces of Television Acting, is now available in affordable paperback form.
Why am I doing this? Well, why not? For starters, it’s nice to have it all together in one place. I mean, you don’t have to read it. But if you do, I hope you find some of it at least of interest…