Short Story: “A Professor on the Lawn” by Richard Smyth

Short Story: “A Professor on the Lawn” by Richard Smyth

You must be so brainy,’ the girl said. I remember that. I think – I think – that when she said that she was perched upon my arthritic old knee. I may have – you know – jiggled her a bit. Playfully. I don’t really recall.

Litro Lab starts the new year with a bitter-sweet short story, ‘A Professor on the Lawn’, by Richard Smyth. We loved this story as soon as we heard it, it’s funny and moving. A middle-aged man, thrown out of the house by his wife, remembers an illicit titillation at the local pub that brought him there.

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Richard Smyth
Richard Smyth

Richard Smyth‘s stories have appeared in The Stinging Fly, .Cent and Vintage Script. He also contributed the title story to the 2012 Fiction Desk anthology Crying Just Like Anybody. His articles feature regularly in magazines including New Scientist, History Today and New Humanist, and he is the author of the non-fiction books Bum Fodder: An Absorbing History Of Toilet Paper (Souvenir Press, 2012) and Bloody British History: Leeds (The History Press, 2013). He is represented by Peter Buckman at the Ampersand Agency.

Greg Page

A Professor on the Lawn is read by Greg Page. Greg trained at Maria Grey College and the City Lit. Previous credits include touring with the London Bubble, Malvolio for TTC, appearing as a hired killer and a gay street preacher in independent films, and the voice of a coma victim for BBC radio. He currently appears in Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe Theatre, London. He can be contacted through Rosebery Management.

Emily Cleaver

About Emily Cleaver

Emily Cleaver is Litro's Online Editor. She is passionate about short stories and writes, reads and reviews them. Her own stories have been published in the London Lies anthology from Arachne Press, Paraxis, .Cent, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, One Eye Grey, and Smoke magazines, performed to audiences at Liars League, Stand Up Tragedy, WritLOUD, Tales of the Decongested and Spark London and broadcasted on Resonance FM and Pagan Radio. As a former manager of one of London’s oldest second-hand bookshops, she also blogs about old and obscure books. You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at and see more of her writing at

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