Richard Hamilton has worked for the BBC as a journalist since 1995, and has been a correspondent in Morocco, South Africa and Madagascar. He was also the Africa Editor for BBC World Service radio. He is now their general international news reporter. While living in Morocco from 2006 to 2007, Richard co-authored the Time Out Guide to Marrakech and has written throughout his career for magazines and newspapers such as Conde Nast Traveller and The Cape Times.
His first book, The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco was published by IB Tauris in 2011 and has sold more than four thousand copies. The paperback edition came out in July 2013. The book has received excellent reviews in publications such as the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Journal of Books, the National and Lonely Planet. It also received a personal recommendation from King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Richard has presented The Last Storytellers at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, the British Moroccan Society, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Global Business Policy Council conference in Marrakech, the Gibraltar Literary Festival and Restival, a yoga retreat in the Sahara desert.
Richard is currently working on his second book, which is a cultural history of Tangier, as seen through the eyes of writers, artists and musicians who lived in the city over the centuries.
Richard studied at St Paul’s School in London, gained a BA degree in Philosophy and Greek at Bristol University, a law qualification at the College of Law, a postgraduate diploma in radio journalism at the London College of Printing and an MA in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He originally qualified as a commercial solicitor before becoming a journalist but has also worked as a night porter and ski guide in the French Alps as well as a plongeur (dish washer) in Corsica.
He has travelled extensively throughout Africa as well as other parts of the world including South America, the Middle East, India and East Asia. He is married to Caroline who also works for the BBC and they live with their two children in west London.
He speaks French, some Spanish and a few basic expressions in Arabic. Richard cites writing, reading, photography, skiing, golf, walking and travel as among his hobbies.