Paul Surman was born in 1947 in Oxford, and still lives in a nearby village. Poetry has been his consuming interest, and since 2004 he has concentrated full time on writing. He is a member of Back Room Poets, a group of poets who organise readings and workshops in Oxford. He is currently working on a first collection, provisionally called Places. Paul's work has been widely published, in magazines and anthologies such as:
Magazines: 14 Magazine, Acumen, Assent, Brittle Star, Cake, Envoi, Equinox, Fire, The Frogmore Papers, Iota, The Interpreter's House, The Journal, Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, Prole, Smiths Knoll, South.
Anthologies: East of Auden (Poetry Direct 2003)
Infinite Riches in a Little Room (Albion Beatnik Press 2016)
Paul takes part in readings in Oxford, and elsewhere. In Oxford, at places as varied as the Ashmolean Museum, Art Jericho, Blackwell's Bookshop, and the excellent Albion Beatnik Bookstore. See the events section of this site for examples, and as details become available, information regarding future readings. He has read alongside well-known poets, including, among others, Fiona Sampson, the T. S. Eliot prizewinners Philip Gross and Hugo Williams, and Vahni Capildeo winner of the Forward prize. The videos on this page were made as part of the Out of Bounds project and show Paul reading at the Albion Beatnik, and participating in a discussion at the Botanical Gardens.