Kel Richards

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Kel Richards
Born (1946-02-08) 8 February 1946 (age 73)
Other namesKelvin Barry Richards
Occupationauthor, radio personality

Kelvin Barry "Kel" Richards (born 8 February 1946) is an Australian author, journalist, radio personality and lay Christian.

Richards has written a series of crime novels and thrillers for adult readers which includes The Case of the Vanishing Corpse, Death in Egypt and An Outbreak of Darkness.

Richards presented ABC NewsRadio's weekend afternoons, which included regular Wordwatch segments until 15 August 2010.[1] Wordwatch was a feature introduced by Richards. Initially developed as a "filler" program for the radio programs to allow time for changes of people or locations, it tapped into an interest by the listening public and several books have been produced based on the show's research. In November 2003 the thousandth episode of the show was produced.[2]

Kel Richards currently presents Sydney radio station 2CH's Sunday night program "Sunday Night with Kel Richards".[3]

He is a lay canon at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, and the author of the Aussie Bible, which has sold over 100,000 copies. This book translates sections of the Bible into Australian vernacular ('strine').


Crime novels[edit]

  • The Case of the Vanishing Corpse (Hodder & Stoughton, 1990)
  • The Case of the Secret Assassin (Hodder & Stoughton, 1992)
  • The Second Death (Coronet Books, 1993)
  • The Case of the Damascus Dagger (Hodder & Stoughton, 1994)
  • Moonlight Shadows (Hodder & Stoughton, 1994)
  • The Case of the Dead Certainty (Hodder & Stoughton, 1995)
  • The Third Bloodstain (Hodder & Stoughton, 1995)
  • Death in Egypt : a Murder Mystery (Hodder & Stoughton, 1996)
  • "The Sinister Student : A 1930s Murder Mystery" (Marylebone House, 2016)
  • The Floating Corpse (Strand Publishing, 2015)
  • C.S Lewis and the Body in the Basement ( Strand Publishing, 2013)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Terror: Curse of the Pharaohs (Beacon Communications, c1997)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Terror: The Headless Monk (Beacon Communications, c. 1997)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Terror: The Vampire Serpent (Beacon, 1997)

Short stories[edit]

  • "The Amateur Hangman", More Crimes for a Summer Christmas edited by Stephen Knight (1991)


  • The Ballad of the Two Sons (Anzea Publishers, c 1993) illustrated by Meng
  • Aussie Yarns (c. 2004)
  • Aussie Pilgrim's Progress : John Bunyan's immortal story (2006)
  • An Aussie Christmas Carol : Charles Dickens' immortal tale retold as an Aussie bush yarn (2007)

Children's picture book[edit]

"The Lamington Man" (1997) with Glen Singleton


  • ABC Classic FM's Word of the Day (2004) with Clive Robertson
  • The Story of Australian English
  • Word Map: What words are Used Where in Australia (ABC Books, 2005) with the Macquarie DictionaryReview
  • Word of the day 2: Wordwatching: a Wonderful Look Into the World of Words (ABC Books, 2006)

Television writing[edit]

  • Murder Call TV episodes[4]
– Deadfall (1998)
– A Blow to the Heart (1999)
– House of Spirits (2000)
– A Stab in the Dark (2000)


  1. ^ Whittaker,  Jason (12 August 2010). "ABC wordsmith signs off". Crikey. Private Media. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  2. ^ Javes, Sue (11 November 2003). "Kel's defining moment". Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ "Kel Richards". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Filmography – Kel Richards". ImDb. Retrieved 24 March 2008.


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