The Good Son, Paul’s debut novel, won The Polari Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. It was shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize and a finalist for The People’s Book Prize. The Good Son was chosen as Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and was given out as part of World Book Night 2017. It is currently shortlisted for the Prix du Roman Cezam in France.
The Good Son was selected from 160 books by The British Council and The Literary Platform to be one of 12 to take part in The UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016. Paul was also selected as one of 40 writers to be part of the International Literary Showcase and one of the first 12 to be commissioned by them.
Born in Belfast, Paul’s work has been performed on stage and radio, published in print and translated into seven languages. He began his career as a playwright before moving to London where he wrote comedy shows, which were performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West End. Moving into prose, his short stories have been published in anthologies & literary journals like The London Magazine & The Stinging Fly. They have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5.
Paul has read his work at Berlin Literature Festival, The International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna, Wroclaw International Short Story Festival Poland, and many national and international events and BBC Radio 3 & 5. He represented the UK in Mexico 2015 and Turkey 2016 for The British Council. He will travel to Australia this Autumn and conduct an Asian Tour of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Paul co-founded the London Short Story Festival, of which, he was Director and Curator for 2014 & ’15. He is Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s premier short story salon. Paul’s blog for writers which posts on submission opportunities for journals and competitions gets 40,000 hits a month and has had over a 1 3/4 million visitors.
He now lives back home in Belfast.
Winner of The Polari First Novel Prize
‘A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.’ Donal Ryan
‘Raw, funny and endlessly entertaining’. Jonathan Coe