Paul is a Southport-born poet, who considers himself a ‘scouser’, since his whole family were born and bred there. As a young boy Paul was often in trouble at school. He found it very hard to concentrate, preferring to doodle in his notebooks and write stories about weird and wonderful characters, aliens and monsters. A former shelf-stacker, catalogue boy, barman, window cleaner, labourer, mobile phone salesman, and van driver for a hair and beauty company, Paul eventually settled on the idea of pursuing his love for literature by qualifying as a college lecturer.
Aged 30, Paul accepted a job at Guangxi University, in a relatively unheard of city in China called Nanning. After a chance meeting with American writer, Kate Evans, who was poetry professor at Guangxi University in China, Paul started to get serious about pursuing publication. Kate was very encouraging, supportive and inspiring. Weekly meetings in a coffee shop in Nanning led to the publication of Paul’s first collection of poems, curse this blue raincoat (2017), to positive reviews. A follow up collection, testimony (2018), came out in February, also to a very lively and encouraging reception. Another concept collection, including poetry, prose and photographic images (titled 35) was published in August 2018.
I’ll be chatting to Paul about poetry, and about his published work. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
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