About Paul Wilson
Paul was born and brought up in Lancashire. He attended the University of Kent at Canterbury from 1979 to 1983 and completed a BA Hons. in History.
He began his working life with The Richmond Fellowship, entering their graduate traineeship programme and working in the therapeutic communities at Sevenoaks (Newlands) and Bromley (Denbridge House).
Since then, he has been employed in a range of social care and community work settings, working with young people leaving care, adults with learning disabilities and people with a range of mental health conditions. Since 1998 he has been involved in the delivery and development of supported employment, the strand of social care which helps people with disabilities to find and keep paid employment. He works for part of the week as the Business Writer for Pluss (www.pluss.org.uk), the UK`s largest Social Firm and a leading provider of disability employment services, for whom he writes a regular blog.
In 2013 Paul was elected Chairman of BASE, the British Association for Supported Employment (www.base-uk.org ).
Do White Whales Sing at the Edge of the World? is a previous winner of the bi-annual Portico Prize for Literature, and The Visiting Angel was shortlisted for the Portico Fiction Prize for 2011-12. In 2014, Mouse and the Cossacks was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Prize.
Paul is married to Shirley, who is a Social Work Practice Teacher and an Associate Lecturer at UCLAN, the University of Central Lancashire.
His son, Sam, graduated from UCLAN in 2011 with an Honours Degree in Illustration and now works for Calderstones NHS Trust.