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Born in London to Indian parents, Rhik read philosophy at University College London, then studied acting at the notoriously tough Drama Centre London. He played lead roles at the RSC, HBO, BBC and Channel 4, but decided he wasn't tough enough for a career of terrorist dramas. After his father died in 2006 he had a breakdown instead, moved in with his mother, and reassessed his career. Since becoming a writer, things have gone better. 'Inspect A Gadget', his kitchen gadget review column for The Guardian, gained cult status. His review of the monstrous Egg Master is still one of the paper's most viewed pieces, and he has written several other regular columns. He writes for GQ, Cosmopolitan, Men's Health and Waitrose, has broadcast on Radio 4 and high profile podcasts including The High Low with Dolly Alderton. His most viral articles include How To Survive Your Twenties, and A Christmas That Changed Me - about a backpacking trip around Thailand with his eccentric, elderly mother that turned his life around. In 2019, he released the bestselling memoir I Never Said I Loved You. A book of the year, it was reviewed by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most electric, enchanting, engrossing and energising memoirs of self-harm, self-loathing, grief, eating disorders, suicide - and sex - that you will read.' The book has been optioned for a feature film. Rhik still lives in London, and still frequently visits his mother.




3.30-5pm: Arrival of participants. We’ll welcome you, show you to your room and offer refreshments.

5pm: Tea in the garden – a chance to meet other course attendees and staff.

5.30-6pm: The group meets in the salon for an introductory talk from Murphy. Please make sure you arrive in time as it will include information about the week and a tour of the house and gardens.

7pm: Cocktails and Dinner under the stars or in the billiard room

8.30-9.30pm: The first writing workshop of the week. Rhik will introduce himself and outline his plans for the week. You will be able to explain what you’d like to achieve. There’ll be discussion, short exercises, and perhaps a spot of homework for Tuesday morning.

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