Richard Woolmer was born in the Himalayas in pre-partition India (1946), lived in Lahore, Pakistan as a child and was sent back to school in England aged eight. After studying History at Oxford he taught in Pakistan and England for 35 years. His first published work in 1970 was a series of four travel articles in the Portsmouth Evening News based on wanderings in the Americas. Another publication was a history of Holyport and local cricket inBerkshire (now in the library at Lord's). He has had a number of poems published by the Poetic Republic (two being short listed for prizes) and also several poems in South poetry magazine as well as Home Counties Poets and Rhyme and Reason.
For the past ten years he has been a member of Temys Poets. For several years he has been a regular reviewer for South magazine.