Richard McNeff
Disorders of the Pleasure Centre
The Wave at the End of the World
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Richard McNeff was born in London. His father was an actor. His mother is a poet. After graduating from Sussex

University he lived in Barcelona, Amsterdam and the Basque Country, finally settling on Ibiza where he stayed for

 years. During this time, he wrote
songs and poetry, ran a language school and assisted the renowned sculptor Barry


He currently lives in London, where he has had articles featured in The Guardian, Wormwood and the Fortean Times. His first

Sybarite among the Shadows, is a novel where magicians rub shoulders with spies in bohemian London of the

thirties. His second, 
With Barry Flanagan: Travels through Time and Spain, is an intimately anecdotal memoir of the late

sculptor’s life and work; predominantly centred around Ibiza. 
Disorders of the Pleasure Centre, is “ a headlong rush

across two millennia  transporting us back and forth between the hedonistic pleasure palaces of
Emperor Nero and the anarchic

party scene of present-day Ibiza." (De Todo)

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Miquel Barceló i Barry Flanagan. Cerámiques i Dibuxos


Enrique Juncosa and Richard McNeff



Date: 2012


Publisher: MACE, Ajuntament D'Eivissa, Ibiza 

Barceló and Barry Flanagan,
Ceramics and Drawings, published to coincide with the exhibition of the two artists' work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ibiza 27 of April to 31 October 2012. Contains my account of the artists' first meeting in English, Spanish and Catalan.

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