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'The arts are the wilderness areas of the imagination,
surviving, like national parks, in the midst of civilised minds'

Gary Snyder

My name's Paul, and I'm a writer. Over the last twenty years, I've published two novels, three books of non-fiction, one poetry collection (soon to be two), a manifesto and thousands upon thousands of words of journalism. I also co-founded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers and artists searching for new stories for a time of turmoil.

It's hard to define yourself in a public arena, but if asked I would say that all of my writing circles around one big question: how can the human and non-human worlds co-exist? To put it another way: what does it mean to be a human animal in an over-civilised world; one we are eating alive with our appetites?

I try to produce work that is unlike anything else around. In my non-fiction - such as my recent essay collection Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - I ask big questions about the underpinnings of our society in an age of climate change, rising social and cultural tensions, and ecological collapse. What do we mean by 'progress'? Is 'civilisation' inherently destructive? How can we belong to a culture, a nation or a place, in a frenetically mobile age? Can a culture with no sense of the sacred ever last?

In my fiction - such as my Man Booker-longlisted debut novel The Wake - I bend language and perception in ways that I hope will illuminate darkened areas of the world, the mind and the soul. I write novels in which human characters negotiate with living and mythical landscapes, with no guarantee they will come out on top

As well as writing, I run the Wyrd School, a home for my self-designed courses and events. These are designed to bring creative people into contact with wild places and wild ideas, and to produce art from the resulting sparks.  

Like many writers I'm a fairly reclusive, introspective person. I live on a smallholding in Ireland with my wife, where we grow our own food and fuel, make our own bread and school our own children. I'm not all over social media, I don't blog and I don't tweet pictures of my breakfast to the world. I sit in the writing hut you can see at the top of this page, light the fire, eat chocolate bars, listen to the song thrushes, watch the young birches grow, and see what arises. 

Writing and teaching don't pay much, and it can be precarious trying to support a family this way. Nobody owes me a living, but if you like what I do and would like to help me keep doing it, any support you can provide here will make a big difference. I have a few goodies to offer you in return. Most of all though, I'll be extremely grateful for any support I receive from my readers. It will all help me to continue my writing, thinking and publishing. Thanks for reading. 
Tiers
My thanks
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
Every little helps. Thank you for supporting my writing.
Wyrd School sneak preview
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Advance notice of forthcoming events at the Wyrd School, with an opportunity to book a place before they open to the general public.
Inside the covers
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
All the above, plus irregular but intimate news about future books, before the world sees them. I might share titles, cover designs, news about content and, who knows, maybe even some extracts, before publication. This will only be available to my Patreon supporters. 
Magic beans
$20 or more per month 1 patron
All the above, plus an annual surprise packet of organic seeds grown on our family smallholding and a signed and dedicated copy of one of my books, posted directly to you. 
Discounted events
$50 or more per month 1 patron
All the above, plus Patreon-only financial discounts on events at the Wyrd School
Word scalpel
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
All the above, plus a free manuscript assessment for you or a friend. I'll read, review and comment on any manuscript you send me, of up to 60,000 words. (For more on how this works, see wyrdschool.ie)
Your name in the book
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
All the above, plus a personal mention in the acknowledgments of my next book as a supporter who helped birth it. 
'The arts are the wilderness areas of the imagination,
surviving, like national parks, in the midst of civilised minds'

Gary Snyder

My name's Paul, and I'm a writer. Over the last twenty years, I've published two novels, three books of non-fiction, one poetry collection (soon to be two), a manifesto and thousands upon thousands of words of journalism. I also co-founded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers and artists searching for new stories for a time of turmoil.

It's hard to define yourself in a public arena, but if asked I would say that all of my writing circles around one big question: how can the human and non-human worlds co-exist? To put it another way: what does it mean to be a human animal in an over-civilised world; one we are eating alive with our appetites?

I try to produce work that is unlike anything else around. In my non-fiction - such as my recent essay collection Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - I ask big questions about the underpinnings of our society in an age of climate change, rising social and cultural tensions, and ecological collapse. What do we mean by 'progress'? Is 'civilisation' inherently destructive? How can we belong to a culture, a nation or a place, in a frenetically mobile age? Can a culture with no sense of the sacred ever last?

In my fiction - such as my Man Booker-longlisted debut novel The Wake - I bend language and perception in ways that I hope will illuminate darkened areas of the world, the mind and the soul. I write novels in which human characters negotiate with living and mythical landscapes, with no guarantee they will come out on top

As well as writing, I run the Wyrd School, a home for my self-designed courses and events. These are designed to bring creative people into contact with wild places and wild ideas, and to produce art from the resulting sparks.  

Like many writers I'm a fairly reclusive, introspective person. I live on a smallholding in Ireland with my wife, where we grow our own food and fuel, make our own bread and school our own children. I'm not all over social media, I don't blog and I don't tweet pictures of my breakfast to the world. I sit in the writing hut you can see at the top of this page, light the fire, eat chocolate bars, listen to the song thrushes, watch the young birches grow, and see what arises. 

Writing and teaching don't pay much, and it can be precarious trying to support a family this way. Nobody owes me a living, but if you like what I do and would like to help me keep doing it, any support you can provide here will make a big difference. I have a few goodies to offer you in return. Most of all though, I'll be extremely grateful for any support I receive from my readers. It will all help me to continue my writing, thinking and publishing. Thanks for reading. 

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Tiers
My thanks
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
Every little helps. Thank you for supporting my writing.
Wyrd School sneak preview
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Advance notice of forthcoming events at the Wyrd School, with an opportunity to book a place before they open to the general public.
Inside the covers
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
All the above, plus irregular but intimate news about future books, before the world sees them. I might share titles, cover designs, news about content and, who knows, maybe even some extracts, before publication. This will only be available to my Patreon supporters. 
Magic beans
$20 or more per month 1 patron
All the above, plus an annual surprise packet of organic seeds grown on our family smallholding and a signed and dedicated copy of one of my books, posted directly to you. 
Discounted events
$50 or more per month 1 patron
All the above, plus Patreon-only financial discounts on events at the Wyrd School
Word scalpel
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
All the above, plus a free manuscript assessment for you or a friend. I'll read, review and comment on any manuscript you send me, of up to 60,000 words. (For more on how this works, see wyrdschool.ie)
Your name in the book
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
All the above, plus a personal mention in the acknowledgments of my next book as a supporter who helped birth it.