Paul Munden is a poet whose work first appeared in Faber’s Poetry introduction 7. His collection, Asterisk (Smith|Doorstop 2011), combines poems with photographs (by Marion Frith) in exploring Shandy Hall, the birthplace of Laurence Sterne. Analogue/Digital, a volume of his new and selected poems was published in 2015. Paul is Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Poetry & Creative Practice) at the University of Canberra, where he is also Program Manager for the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI). He is General Editor of Writing in Education and Writing in Practice, both published by the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), of which he is Director. He has worked as conference poet for the British Council and edited Feeling the Pressure: poetry and science of climate change.
Paul Munden in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1966 As early as my memory begins.
What do you love about Short Stories?Their proximity to poetry!
Do you write in other forms?Primarily poems, though also the odd screenplay.
What distracts you from writing?Football
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Travelling in Australia
What is your favourite book?Cannery Row
Who are your favourite writers?Thomas Hardy, Kurt Vonnegut and Ted Hughes
Where is your dream location?It's in the photograph
What one item would you put into Room 101?Being bullied into software upgrades
Do you have any advice for new writers?A no brainer – join NAWE!
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