I am delighted to announce that Melody’s Dragon has now been published. It is available in paperback and Kindle forms, and can be ordered direct from Amazon or from your local bookshop. It is the sequel to Melody’s Unicorn and forms the second volume in the Melody’s World trilogy.

Melody’s Dragon

Nineteenth century publishing, twenty-first century novel! Indigo Mosaic (illustrated edition!) is primed and ready to roll. Details at Indigo Mosaic

Indigo Mosaic

I am delighted to announce new projects, with the creation of two new Instagram accounts, @ferendegaest and @haihaikus. The latter is a collaboration with Andrew Marshall


  Welcome to the site if you haven’t visited before! There are several new developments here: The opening of a new novel for adults, Indigo Mosaic. It’s a work in progress, and I’d love to hear what you think. The opening of Melody’s Dragon, the forthcoming sequel to Melody’s Unicorn, […]

New developments

Now that it’s 2020, I’m happy to be able to post my short story, 2020: Perfect Vision. This short story was the runner-up in the 2018 Folkestone Writers competition, and was first published in The Folkestone 2019 Anthology. https://rnswan.com/2020-perfect-vision/

2020: Perfect Vision

  Have you ever thought? If so, you should read this book. If you’re interested in thinking (and you must be, having reached the third sentence of this review), then you should definitely read this book. Buy it now. It offers a single-volume, easy to read survey of the philosophical […]

2018 Review #1 How the World Thinks by Julian Baggini

Melody’s Unicorn is featured on p.44 of the August 2018 edition of Writing Magazine.

Writing Magazine

Another (American!) pre-publication review: https://www.netgalley.com/book/132069/review/219623


With precisely one month until publication date, there’s still plenty of time for you to pre-order your copies from Amazon or Waterstones. https://www.waterstones.com/book/melodys-unicorn/richard-swan/9781785357251 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Melodys-Unicorn-Story-Here-There/dp/1785357255/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524665612&sr=8-1&keywords=richard+swan&dpID=51Lv85zbWXL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

One month to go!

My talk about writing, ‘Why write? Why read?’, has now been developed into an article which will be published later this year in a new journal, An Inkling. The article abstract is now available on the journal’s website. https://www.aninkling-journal.com/wr-by-rs  

Article: ‘Why write? Why read?’