Friday, December 27, 2013


Name  Paul Hawkins

Age  49

Location  Bournemouth UK

How long have you been writing? Since an early age

Do you have a specific writing style? Poetry, flash fiction, reportage

Do you write as a career? I try to earn money from writing or from collaborations or projects that are associated with words

Do you write full-time? Yes

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? My new pamphlet Claremont Road (Erbacce Press 2013)

What is your ultimate goal as a writer? To keep writing and to scratch out a living

What is your greatest challenge as a writer? The academic establishment and the mainstream publishing industry.

What projects of yours have been recently published? Claremont Road (Erbacce Press 2013), co-editor of Issue 1 of Boscombe Revolution (Tableglock Press 2013)

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? The 50//FIFTY - a collaboration with my words (50 a day for a year) and the art of collageist Michael Harford, also editor of Boscombe Revolution Issue 2, and editing a book from the community story telling project I curate, Untold Boscombe. I am also researching and writing a new poetry collection.

Where can we find your work? Rising, Pens & Needles, Stride, Fit to Work: Poets Against ATOS, Domestic Cherry, The Interpreters House, The Occupy Wall Street Anthology, Museum of Alcohol, Outsideleft, Verba Vitae, M58 and the Noir Erasure Poetry Anthology.

       How often do you write? Every day.

       How do you react to rejections? A pinch of self-loathing and a cigarette; then I see what I can learn.

       How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? I’m pleased.

       What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Read good writing, write something everyday and don’t drink from the mainstream.

       What is your favorite book? Too many to mention and depends on so many different things, but currently it’s Whitehall Jackals by Chris McCabe and Jeremy Reed (Nine Arches Press 2013)

       Who is your favorite author? Wow, there are many depending on time, place, my mood, what I’m working on … today it’s Iain Sinclair

        If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Doc in Cannery Row to listen and learn more about beach creatures.

        What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer? Loneliness

        What is your favorite word? Palimpsest

        What makes you laugh? Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and a piano.
      What makes you cry? Greed

What is your preferred drink while you write? coffee

Beach or Mountains? Mountains

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? The Stones

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra? Hendrix

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Shake-owski

     Please provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like.

Personal website/blog: You’ll find signposts to everything here

Facebook profile or page:

Twitter profile:

Other page(s) or profile(s):
Hesterglock Press (Boscombe Revolution)
Untold Boscombe
Sidemen Productions

      Books for sale and/or press
Claremont Road (Erbacce Press), Boscombe Revolution (Hesterglock Press)

      Anything you’d like to share about your country, its people, or native animals?

I live on a small island whose ruling classes are still allowed to dine out on so-called past glories.   I don’t eat meat, do smoke hand-rolled cigarettes, drink coffee in the morning; went to school in Leighton Buzzard with Tim Wells amongst many others, have performed poetry at The Royal Opera House as part of the 2012 Olympic celebrations, along with 200 or so other artists, musicians, writers, film-makers, singers and poets. What we had in common is that we’ve all experienced homelessness.
I was a Human Book at Peter Gabriel’s 2013 WOMAD Festival and tour managed a singer-songwriter up and down the east and west coast of the USA. 
I’ve shared a stage and asked for more hi-hat in the monitors with Wilko Johnson,
The Buzzcocks, The Redskins, Chris Difford, John Ellis, Paul Roberts, Patrick Fitzgerald,
Head on a Stick, Bark Psychosis, Norman Watt-Roy, Kathleen Haskard and some others who I can’t remember; learn’t to drink and drug lying down and sleep standing up from an early age until it nearly killed me, managed an Elvis Presley impersonator, once made an album on a laptop with a room full of imaginary people under the name of truCulentEnigma.
I’ve interviewed a bunch or outsider artists, writers and musicians including Bob Frank, Charles Plymell, Joe Ambrose, Kieran Hebden, Chuck Prophet, Dan Stuart, Chris Salewicz, John Sinclair, Mike Stevens, Yony Leyser, Scroobius Pip, Raf & O, John Murry and Wes Race.
I’ve lived at different flats, houses and derelict buildings in Andalucia, Spain for nearly three years, squatted empty properties in east London for three years, addresses in Brighton, Hove, Netherfield, Beanhill, Conniburrow, Muswell Hill, Leyton, Bethnal Green, Portslade, Royston, Knapwell, Aspley Guise, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Woburn Sands, Newport Pagnell, Cambourne, Southwick, rehab facilities, treatment centres and in a van in France and Spain.
In forty nine years I’ve moved on average every eleven months, but only ever owned one tent.
I read voraciously, don’t own a TV, write daily, travel by train, bus or on foot; my weekend starts on a Tuesday.
I’ve started too many sentences in my life with the word I.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to learn more about you, you are inspirational. Thanks.