#TPQ5: PAUL BROOKES

War Music – Christopher Logue

I heard part of it broadcast on Radio 3 and was gobsmacked. Powerful and memorable, using cinematic techniques and new sound world to me.

Under Milk Wood – Dylan Thomas

“A play for voices” my dad played to me from an early age, until I had to buy my own copy. My dad was Welsh, and not a day goes by lines from the play slip into my mind.

Margaret Attwood

Her take on nature challenged my Ted Hughes education. Sharp telling observation and her own sound world.

Peter Reading

Every book was seen as a whole. “C” about cancer was innovative and moving and he used voices and diction in a very funny, but telling way.

Ken Smith

Imbued historical tales with modern resonances. Every word counts, excites your own imagination and creative processes


Paul Brookes is a shop asst. His chapbooks include The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). The Headpoke and Firewedding (Alien Buddha Press, 2017), A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018) The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Port Of Souls (Alien Buddha Press, 2018),Please Take Change (Cyberwit.net, 2018) Stubborn Sod, (Alien Buddha Press, 2019). Forthcoming As Folk Over Yonder ( Afterworld Books, 2019). He edits The Wombwell Rainbow Interviews.

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