Dick Sullivan's great-grand-father and grandfather were Victorian navvies and his father was a younger Victorian who turned to navvying in the Edwardian era. His father's words appear through Navvyman, a book which the author claims is the definitive history of navvydom, spanning the entire Victorian period.

He took early retirement from writing TV documentaries to concentrate on poetry. There are now four books: Capperbar, Morning on the Mountain, The Moon at Midnight, and Melanie. Each is dedicated to the proposition that poetry is essentially spiritual that at its best it can induce a sense of the Divine and that the Divine is human love writ large. In 2010 he published Undertones: Mild Mysticism in an Age of Umber.

Last modified 22 March 2006

Note added 3 June 2020