Paul Burns


spent nine years in Wales and Merseyside before his family migrated to New Zealand in 1960. He studied psychology in Wellington and taught in primary schools for four years. He lived in London for thirty years working mostly in continuing education and then organisation development. As a volunteer for seven years, he supported people who had been tortured. Capturing the accounts of survivors for legal and therapeutic reasons re-ignited his interest in writing. He studied fiction at the City Lit, gained a Certificate in Novel Writing from City University and published two novels before focusing on short stories. These have appeared in New Zealand, Ireland and one has been accepted for a Swedish anthology. Winning the Leonard A. Koval Prize in 2012 persuaded him to make writing his main occupation. Paul now lives in Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex. His Head-in-the-Clouds website is at

The books in which Paul Burns appears

9th Archipelago

Invitational Anthology

Gem Street I

The First Anthology

Gem Street II

Collector’s Edition

Gem Street III

Beyond the Axis