Poet and novelist Paul Tobin lives in Taunton. He grew up in Widnes in the 60’s and has lived in Somerset for over thirty years. Like any exile he finds himself drawn back to writing about the place he used to live. Paul began writing poetry when he was 12 after dreaming his first poem, though he did not get the hang of writing until well into his twenties.
His latest poetry book Blessed By Magpies was published by Lapwing Press. His steampunk novel The Jowler is available at Amazon and will soon be published as a tactile.A former member of Fire River Poets, Paul self-published his first collection Burning Music in 2005. He wanted to collect the best of his work up until that point in one place. Not one for entering competitions Paul did win The Bridge Poetry Award in 1983 and had been published in a number of very small magazines over the years. He has some poems on websites. Burning Music quickly sold out and he has been mumbling about republishing it ever since.
Paul regularly performs at festivals- and his appearances he has run workshops at The Cock & Bull Festival (2011), the Bristol Folk Festival (2012) and has been Festival Poet at Purbeck Folk Festival (2011), Fishguard Folk Festival (2012), the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain (2012) and Lechlade Festival (2013). he was part of the Poetry Cabaret at Wychwood (20012).
In 2012 Paul was asked to contribute to the Freeze Frame anthology edited by the Hampshire Poet Oscar Sparrow. He has also collaborated with artist Alison Wilson on a mixed media project about Mexico that is now in the Brooklyn Art Library as part of the Sketchbook Project. Paul hopes to launch an electronic version in early 2014. He has also worked with Corvus Press producing some illustrated stories for various books.