Paul Burston was born in York, raised in South Wales and now divides his time between London and Hastings. 

Before earning a living as a writer, he worked for the London gay police monitoring project GALOP and was an activist with ACT-UP London.

His first book was ‘A Queer Romance’ (Routledge), followed by a collection of essays and articles, ‘What Are You Looking At?’ (Cassell)

His first novel, ‘Shameless’, was published in 2001 and was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award.

His third novel, ‘Lovers & Losers’ was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award.

His fourth, ‘The Gay Divorcee’, was optioned for TV.

He was a founding editor of Attitude magazine and has

written for many publications including The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out, The Times and The Sunday Times.

In March 2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating “33

visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world” –

He is the founder and host of London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari and creator of The Polari First Book Prize


Photo by Dean Stockings


1) The Black Path (2016)

  1. 2)The Gay Divorcee (2009)

  2. 3)Lovers & Losers (2007)

  3. 4)Star People (2005)

  4. 5)Shameless (2001)