Born in Belfast, Paul 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, newspapers and literary journals and read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5. ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2017. His stories have been televised on Sky Arts and recorded for 14-18 NOW.
Paul has taught creative writing at theatres, libraries and universities in Brighton, London, Swansea and Wolverhampton. He judges international literary prizes including the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and he reviews for the TLS and The Irish Times. Paul co-founded the London Short Story Festival.
He is currently acting Head of Literature for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Paul now lives back home in Belfast.