Heron Fleet sails into view
At last Heron Fleet is here - enjoy
Paul Beatty grew up in Birmingham in what people keep telling him were the lush years of the fifties and sixties, though he doesn’t quite remember it that way.
He wrote poetry, songs and stories at school and while studying Physics at University College London, but writing ambitions were curtailed by his career as a research scientist in the NHS. He has recently retired from The University of Manchester where he lectured in Biomedical Engineering to become a fulltime writer. He has written more than one hundred scientific papers and articles.
Paul has had a varied life. In the 1980s he got involved in single issue politics and was, with his wife Sue, a national committee member of the British Nuclear Freeze Campaign. He was a Parliamentary Candidate in the 1987 and 1992. He has acted as a policy advisor for the Liberal Democrats in the areas of health, defence and science (though they are not at the moment inclined to take his advice). He has also been a local borough councillor in Stockport.
He returned seriously to writing fiction and poetry twelve years ago. Since then he has published two books of poetry, The Holy Week Monologues and Old Testament Tales (Church in the Market Place), several short stories including The Seer and Nixie, in the anthology Panopticon (Pandril Press), The Illustrated Joy of Sex (Pocket Edition) (Manchester Metropolitan University) and the prize winning Dowery Chest.
To deepen his skills and understanding of the writing process he joined the Creative Writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University four years ago emerging with a Distinction.
He and Sue are empty-nesters and live in Marple in Cheshire on the edge of the Peak District with their cat.