Head and shoulders of Paul sitting probably outside a pub from the glass window behind him, arms can be seen (just) folded, and face smiling but not showing teeth. His hair is combed upwards into a fashionable tuft.Paul Stephenson was born and grew up in Cambridge. He was a student of modern languages and linguistics, and then European Studies. He has lived and worked in France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. He currently works for a Dutch university and lives between Brussels and Cambridge.

For five years from 2009, he lived in north London where he was a member of the Highgate Poets and Lamb Poets workshop groups. In 2012 he won second prize in the Troubadour International Poetry Competition, and thereafter, first in the Magma Editors’ Prize.

He took part in the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme (2013-14) with tutoring from Patience Agbabi, and completed the 18-month Poetry Business Writing School (Peter and Ann Sansom). He was a member of the Aldeburgh Eight in 2014, and went on to do an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with the Manchester Writing School.

Several poems were published in Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012) before his debut pamphlet, Those People, was a Poetry Business Competition winner (judged by US poet Billy Collins).

From September 2013, Paul spent three years living in Paris as a researcher at Sciences Po (Institut d’Études Politiques). The Days That Followed Pariswas written in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2015. He read from this pamphlet at Poetry in Aldeburgh in 2016, and StAnza in 2017.

A third pamphlet, Selfie with Waterlilies, (Paper Swans Press) appeared in 2017, after he won the Paper Swans competition.

In 2018, he co-edited the ‘Europe’ issue of Magma with Susannah Hart.

With The Poetry School, he is co-curator of Poetry in Aldeburgh, and has a blog at www.paulstep.com where he interviews poets about their first collections.