|“I’ve had no formal
training in English so it doesn’t take a genius to drive a coach and
horses through the technical side of my writing.
A poem can
spend weeks if not months simmering beneath the surface of my mind
before it is uncorked by a small incident or the use of a single
word that captures the essence of my thoughts. Once the poem has
‘arrived’ I try very hard not to refine or adjust its contents for
once I start meddling the whole piece seems to implode”
|Born on Friday 13th August
1948, the second son of a Northumbrian vicar, Paul’s early poems
reflect that period of having to act as an unofficial curate!
Although he is quick to emphasise that he is no ‘bible puncher’.
“...spontaneity only adds to the readability.."
|Indeed many of these poems
contain an element of questioning the spiritual life, questions that
were frequently asked by parishioners, followed by Paul’s answers.
Certainly poems such as ‘Who Will Bury Me’ are coveted by the
clergy of all denominations. Even the shorter poems are used to
convey people’s emotions by the publishing of them on the funeral
programmes, an example being 'Snowdrops’. Many readers
emphasise with that simple theory that once a project, a period of
life or life itself has run its course then there should always
follow a 'New Beginning'.
“.represents feelings that are understandable
and identifiable in us all..”
Kevin Whatley (Actor)
upbringing coupled with that of his childhood enthusiasm for the
cowboy heroes whom he admired when watching the old black and white
‘flicks’, led him to visit America on many occasion even to the
extent that he now rears American Quarter Horses in the UK. His
poems about the plight of the Native Americans are now becoming
recognised in both America and the UK, indeed ‘Talulah’ a
love poem is now a recognised standard at many wedding ceremonies.
All of Paul’s family have been associated with the Navy and
certainly Lord Nelson ranks very firmly alongside John Wayne as his
favourite heroes! The inspirational nature of the Northumbrian
coastline, particularly of the home that Paul has inhabited on Holy
Island serves as a background to his third ‘love’…..The Sea.
“..love and respect for the Native World
view is palpable in the writings...” John Fusco (Producer and
writer of ‘Hidalgo’ and ‘The Young Guns’)
“With the Ocean one treads that fine line that separates calm
from rage; the majesty of a storm from the quiet stillness. It
brings forth life and takes life in return; the mysteries of the
deep will remain for all time for she is always evolving, has a
heart beat and personality that is reflected in our own inherent
Probably the most requested and read are 'The Purifying Storm',
'The Drowning Of Jeannie McDonald' and 'Shipwrecked'.