• Biography

    Paul is the author of Distinction Earned, (2011) published by Cape Breton University Press. Paul researched the boxing era in Cape Breton and collected dozens of interviews from participants, enthusiasts and their heirs. The book's title is taken from a citation of Cape Breton boxers at a Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame investiture in 1987. It was a Nova Scotia best selling book for five months.

    Paul also writes short fiction, book reviews, newspaper and magazine articles and one-act plays. He has co-written and written six plays all of which were originally produced at the Elizabeth Boardmore One Act Play Festival and five have won the Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script. His two most recent plays are The Venetian Gardens (2013) and Wraslin (2015).

    He conducts outdoor writing workshops in unique locations, and in local high schools, teaches an introductory non-credit writers' class at Cape Breton University, has organized a book club for the CBU Seniors College, and is a long standing member of the local CBC radio book panel.

    He writes a monthy column for the Cape Breton Post entitled "The Sporting Life" and is the host of "The Good Sentence" an almost weekly radio program on "Dialogue" on The Coast 89.7 FM (Bell FibreOp station 773 and streaming online) in which he interviews local authors about their recent works.

    He also gives lectures and presentations on his work to interested groups.

    Paul is a registered microbiologist, certified environmental practitioner and a Senior Instructor in the Health Studies and Engineering depts. at Cape Breton University.

    WRITING AWARDS

    Geist Magazine Time Zones short story writing contest. Made short list. 2015

    The Venetian Gardens (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2013.

    Rockabye Baby (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2009.

    Ave Maria (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2008. Co-written with Ken Chisholm.

    All Souls' Eve (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2007. Co-written with Ken Chisholm.

    O Night Divine (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2005. Co-written with Ken Chisholm.

    Chemical Difference (play) Best Play from another source (a short story of mine) Boardmore One-Act Play Festival 2003. Co written with Ken Chisholm.

    Gambit (short story) Indigo Books contest 2nd place winner 2003

    Double Double (short story) WFNS 2nd Place winner 1992

     

    Some interesting online publications of Paul's

    The Sporting Life, my monthly column in CB Post

    http://www.capebretonpost.com/section/2016-01-25/article-4415095/Cycling-with-the-Italians/1

    http://www.capebretonpost.com/Sports/2015-05-15/article-4147050/Sydney-Millionaires-on-Stanley-Cup-forever/1

    Local history pieces

    http://www.shunpiking.com/bhs/longwalk.htm

    http://www.shunpiking.com/bhs/Marcus-gar.htm

    Book reviews

    http://www.moosebait.com/off-the-rack