Author and journalist whose books include the critically-acclaimed novels ‘Shameless’ (2001), ‘Star People’ (2006), ‘Lovers & Losers’ (2007) and ‘The Gay Divorcee’ (2009).

Also the author of four non-fiction books and editor of two short story collections, ‘Boys & Girls’ and ‘Men & Women’.

Programmer and host of multi award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre, and founder of The Polari First Book Prize.

Shortlisted for ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the European Diversity Awards 2011 and the Stonewall Awards 2012.


Writes for a range of publications including The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday. Workshop facilitator and regular contributor to TV and radio.

TV and radio credits include ‘Newsnight’, ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Night Waves’, ‘Films of Fire’ and ‘The One Show’.

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‘Hootingly funny’ – The New York Times Review of Books

‘The nearest thing the UK has to Armistead Maupin. They share a warmth for their characters, have that same page turning quality, a nice, light comic touch and deft plotting’ – Jonathan Harvey

‘A fearless chronicler of modern gay life’ - The Independent on Sunday

‘Easily one of the most important commentators of his generation’  Attitude

‘Paul Burston has penned the sharp truth about gay London, cleverly coated with sweet and sour wisecracks’ – Will Self

‘Funny, provocative, thoughtful and spiky... Burston is incapable of writing a boring sentence’

The Big Issue

‘Paul Burston has dragged that sad, self-involved old thing, British gay journalism, up by its bra straps’

The Independent

‘One of the most surprising, clever and entertaining commentators around’ – Julie Burchill

‘Brilliant’ – Candace Bushnell

‘Wonderful’ – Marc Almond