About

Matthew Paul photo 2017 

I was born in New Malden, Surrey, in 1966, read Philosophy at the University of Ulster, work for a local authority children’s services provider in south-west London and live in Thames Ditton.

My first collection of poems, The Evening Entertainment, was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2017.

I was shortlisted for the Poetry School / Pighog Press pamphlet competition 2013 and have had my poems published in Butcher’s Dog, The Honest Ulsterman, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Magma, Nth Position, Poetry Ireland Review, The Rialto, The Wardrobe, and The Best New British and Irish Poets for both 2016 and 2017 (Eyewear Publishing).

I’ve read my poems at Cambridge University, the London Review Bookshop, New Networks for Nature, the Poetry Café, Red Roaster in Brighton, Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town, the Troubadour, and the Wordsworth Trust.

I am also the author of two haiku books – The Regulars (2006) and The Lammas Lands (2015) – and co-writer/editor (with John Barlow) of Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (2008), all published by Snapshot Press. My haiku have been anthologised, including in the Iron Book of British Haiku, Where the River Goes (Snapshot Press), Haiku in English: the First Hundred Years (WW Norton) and Off the Beaten Track (Boatwhistle Books). I co-edited Presence haiku journal, and have presented, or led workshops, on haiku for the Essex Poetry Festival, the Haiku North America conference and Poetry South.

I have also contributed to The Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’ column.

I can be contacted by email, and I tweet at @MatthewPaulPoet.

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello
    I wonder if you can let me know a bit about Red Door Poets and whether you are accepting new members? I’ve writing poetry for a while, and am joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2018, sponsored by Indigo Dreams. The prize is publication of my first collection called ‘Her Lost Language’.

    One of my poems was highly commended in the Poetry for Home competition, judged by John Hegley; and two poems were commended in the Waltham Forest Poetry competition, judged by Meryl Pugh.

    I have two poems forthcoming in The Rialto and have also been published in smaller publications, on-line and in print. I’m a member of two Poetry Stanza groups, and keen to get as much feedback as possible from groups on my work. I also perform regularly in London.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks

    Jenny

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