Paul Surman was born in 1947 in Oxford, and still lives in a nearby village. He is a member of Back Room Poets, a group of poets who organise readings and workshops in Oxford. His first collection Places was published by Oversteps Books in 2018. He is currently working on a second collection, provisionally called Consciousness. Paul's work has been widely published, in magazines and anthologies such as:
14 Magazine, Acumen, Assent, Brittle Star, Cake, Dream Catcher, Envoi, Equinox, Fire, The Frogmore Papers, Iota, The Interpreter's House, The Journal, Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, Prole, Smiths Knoll, South.
East of Auden (Poetry Direct 2003), Infinite Riches in a Little Room (Albion Beatnik Press 2016)
Paul has read at the Ashmolean Museum, Art Jericho, Blackwell's Bookshop, and the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford, and at other venues like the Troubadour in London . He has read alongside poets like 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.