On the Brighton Road

On the Brighton Road

A man tries desperately to get where he is going.

Richard Barham Middleton (28 October 1882 – 1 December 1911) was an English poet and author, who is remembered mostly for his short ghost stories, in particular “The Ghost Ship”.


Born in Staines, Middlesex,and educated at Cranbrook School, Kent, Middleton worked in London for the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation bank, as a clerk, from 1901 to 1907. Unhappy in this, he affected a Bohemian life at night; he is mentioned, in disguised terms, in Arthur Ransome’s Bohemia in London. He moved out of his parents’ house and into rooms in Blackfriars, and he joined the club The New Bohemians, where he acquired literary contacts who included Arthur Machen, Louis McQuilland (1880–1946), and Christopher Wilson.

He became an editor at Vanity Fair under Edgar Jepson, where he confided to his fellow editor Frank Harris that what he really wanted to do was make a living as a poet. Wikipedia


  • Adapted from the story On the Brighton Road
  • Written by Richard Middleton
  • Performed by Andy Carribus
  • Recorded by Warren Smith
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