Paul’s services are for hire – but they are in high demand
Paul is an speaker able to hold the floor on a range of topics. Without doubt, he is one of the best read speakers you are likely to hear and his erudition is firmly planted on a base of historical fact and contemporary reasoning.
Paul’s next project, an historical novel, is highly ambitious in its imaginative reach. It is the story of the rise of Islam, told through the eyes of Abd al-Rahman, an 8th century Muslim prince, exile and conqueror. The project is intended to be a screenplay-ready epic; highly dramatic and topical in character and episodic in structure. And it is a tale like Game of Thrones, but in the real world; comparable, also, to other major TV series, such as House of Cards and Homeland; with a dash of The Da Vinci Code. But the story is true, not merely fanciful.
He is a go-to man as a book reviewer and has published scores of accomplished book reviews and reflective essays in the mainstream press. Many of the best of these have been published in The West in a Nutshell (2009) and Opinions and Reflections (2015). But they continue to flow from his pen.
Life, fully expressed, is poetic, both for better and for worse, but not everyone can write poetry. Paul has written love poetry, notably Sonnets to a Promiscuous Beauty (2006) but also a wide variety of other verse, especially Credo and Twelve Poems (2016).
He believes that poetry is a distillation of perception and experience. This is captured in his poem The Bell and the Choir, one of the longer poems from Credo and Twelve Poems, which begins:
There are hymns to heard
On the Isle of the dead
Or such is the word
That is still being spread:
Neither brimstone nor fire
As threatened of old:
But and angelic choir
With voices of gold