Alex Runchman

Dublin, Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)

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  • Fluent in English
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Graduate Student
  • MA, MPhil, PGCE, currently doing a PhD
  • From Portsmouth, UK
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About Me


To learn from every experience, the more international the better, and then to share those experiences.


I caught the traveling bug early: my Dad was in the Navy, often away at sea for long periods of time, and occasionally we would be able to fly out and visit him in exciting destinations. When I graduated in 2002, unsure of what I could do with a BA in English, I took a TEFL course: this was my passport to work in Austria and Japan, as well as shorter stints in other countries including China. I subsequently took a PGCE and became a secondary school teacher near Oxford for a few years. I have now returned to academia, in Dublin. I'm writing a PhD on an American writer called Delmore Schwartz, and hope to revive his reputation. I anticipate that this will lead to me spending more times in the States. One of his big preoccupations was what he called 'international consciousness': I like to think that Couchsurfing will help me to expand my own international consciousness.


All experiences are valuable.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


At present, I'm living in college accommodation so can't offer a couch. However, I'm very happy to meet people for coffee or drinks and maybe show them a bit of Dublin. I hope I'll be able to host surfers soon when I'm renting a place with a spare couch.


I'm new to Couchsurfing, but excited about the experiences I might have.


Literature - reading and writing a wide range of fiction and poetry; International Travel; Music and Cinema (see below); Art - painting, life-drawing, gallery-visiting; Cooking; Pub Philosophy; Cricket; and much more.

Music, Movies, and Books

Lots and lots! Movies: I tend to prefer art house and international films - directors such as Almodovar, for example; I'm also keen on occasional blockbusters and superhero movies, however. Recently, I've enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire and have been watching old classics.
Music: Broadly, Americana (singer/songwriter), 'Alt Country', Rock - Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and many of the artists they have influenced.
Books: too many to list here. My PhD's on Delmore Schwartz and I'd especially recommend his 'Selected Poems: Summer Knowledge'.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Everyday I was in Japan (over a period of several months) I felt that I experienced something extraordinary. The most obvious adventures would include the gruelling experience of climbing Mount Fuji at night in relentless freezing rain equipped only with a pac-a-mac and waterproof trousers from the 50yen shop (they fell apart at once); and seeing a man struck by lightning in Yoyogi park against the backdrop of Tokyo's most quiffed Elvis impersonators (he survived; two years later I experienced another non-fatal lightning strike on a school sponsored walk). But often it was the day-to-day little things in Japan that most amazed me; a ride on the Tokyo subway was always dazzling.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach: anything related to English literature and language.
I'd like to learn: almost anything.

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