2019 has been a landmark year for songwriter Richard Hawley. His ninth studio album, Further achieved his joint highest chart entry at number 3. He has also co created a musical run at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre which was seen by over 26,000 people. Then, there’s also the small matter of the man celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a solo artist. In the two decades that have elapsed since Hawley jettisoned band life as Pulp’s guitarist, the 52-year-old songwriter has forged one of the most singular and diverse careers in modern music.