Bio – Paul is a writer, poet, musician, lecturer, traveller and sociable loner from Southport, near Liverpool, United Kingdom. He is widely published in magazines, journals, e-zines and anthologies worldwide, including Barren, Dreamcatcher, The Interpreter’s House, Ghost City Press and Poetry Ireland. He has three full length poetry collections published with Coyote Creek Books (US): curse this blue raincoat , testimony , and 35 , and one chapbook published with Animal Heart Press (US): disintegration . Paul is the co-founder and editor of The Broken Spine Artist Collective, a poetry and photography journal born in Southport, UK. He is an active musician and long time singer/guitarist in both Little Wing (with Adrian Gautrey) and The Sandgrounders (with Gordon Halsall). Paul also plays in a regular duo with Steve McKenna.
Paul is the former co-presenter of “Live Sounds & Life Stories” with Cameron Maerevoet, on 107.9 FM Mighty Radio, and the current host of “Cult Classics”, broadcast every Tuesday evening 8-10pm on the same station. He is the presenter of “Write Now” – a podcast featuring in-depth explorations of writers and their work. He has worked in Australia, China and Spain, and has travelled widely, writing memoir pieces about experiences in North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and many places in Europe.
Paul is dedicated to social artistic ventures, is a keen reader, cricketer, hiker, and bigfoot enthusiast. He particularly enjoys Leonard Cohen, paperback books with broken spines, coffee and all things minimalist.
What’s this website all about? – This website is a platform for showcasing, promoting and encouraging creativity within the arts. As a born creative, Paul is very keen to not only hone his own artistic craft, but provide opportunities for others to participate and indulge in their own creative ideas and projects.
Paul has provided links to his published writing, including archive material, which give you a flavour of what his work is all about. You will also find details of future creative writing courses and classes that he will be running to promote creativity and inclusivity amongst all. Paul is a particularly keen broadcaster, and the links to his radio work, both solo and with Cameron Maerevoet, are available on this website. You will also discover more about his past and present music projects here too.
“Write Now”, the podcast where a writer explores writers, is coming in 2021.
“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”Charles Bukowski
Poetry - Paul has been writing for as long as he can remember, and first started publishing poetry whilst at University in Sheffield studying an English Studies degree. He has been published in over one hundred magazines, e-zines, journals and anthologies worldwide, and has published three full length collections and a chapbook to date. Check out the archive for examples of his published poetry.
Radio - Paul began broadcasting in 2019, co-hosting "Live Sounds & Life Stories" with Cameron Maerevoet on 107.9 FM Mighty Radio. That show is now on hiatus, and Paul currently presents "Cult Classics" on a Tuesday evening, 8-10pm, also on 107.9 FM Mighty Radio!
Writing - Paul also writes creative non-fiction, memoir, short stories, and is currently finalising his first novel with an editor. Check out the archive for examples of his published work.
Music - Paul was co-founder of Southport bands The Sons Of Mod & The Gypsy Beats, and co-founded Little Wing with Adrian Gautrey in 2007 - they have released two albums: Alchemy In The Garden  & Past Midnight's Hold . He was also singer/guitarist of legendary Southport band The Sandgrounders (founded by Gordon Halsall in 1958!) between 2010 and their finale in 2018. Paul has also played in a duo with Liverpool troubadour Steve McKenna for over 20 years.
Broken Spine Magazine - Paul co-founded this Southport based poetry, photography, art and creative journal with school-friend Alan Parry in 2019. It is a bi-annual, non-profit print and online publication. Please visit the attached website to access news, video readings, submission guidelines and much more from Southport's premier arts magazine.