Richard Dove

Life in, and connection to, Hobsons Bay

A long term member of the Western Union Writers, Richard lives in Lara, near Geelong, and has a long association with the City of Hobsons Bay. From 2006 to 2013, he was an organising partner and co-facilitator of the Hobsons Bay New and Emerging Communities Youth Leadership Program. Over many years, he was a regular special guest at Hobsons Bay Australian Citizenship Ceremonies, and other civic ceremonies such as Australia Day, Refugee Week, and more. He has volunteered many times as Master of Ceremonies for Hobsons Bay events, and is a regular participant in the People’s Choice at the WillyLitFest.

Currently, Richard is a member of the Hobsons Bay Intercultural Network, supporting the settlement of migrant populations of Hobsons Bay, including refugees and asylum seekers.


Children’s Books

  • 'Us Karen', Illustrated by Tha Do (Love of Books, 2012)
  • 'The Promise', Illustrated by Kyoko Imazu (Little White Bird Press, 2021)


  • 'Earth Life', Australis Journal of Post-Colonial Romantic Modernist fiction (Moongirl Press, 2015)
  • 'Untitled poem', Three Line Poetry Issue 49, A Peculiar Sophistication (Prolific Press, 2018)
  • 'Untitled poem', Three Line Poetry Issue 53, Special Issue (Prolific Press, 2020)
  • 'My Island', Hypophora Journal IV (Wyndham Community and Education Centre, 2020)
  • 'All's Well that Inks Well' - Collection of Short Poem (In Case of Emergency Press, 2023) 

Short Stories

  • 'The Last Bite of the Pie', Western Reunion Anthology (Western Union Writers, 2015)
  • 'Life can be a drain', 100 Word Fiction (Prolific Press, 2021)