New novel ‘The Black Path’ published by Accent Press, available now exclusively from WH Smith shops at UK airports and from all good bookshops September 15.

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Curator and host of award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari and founder of The Polari First Book Prize.

Has also appeared at Aye Write Glasgow, Books on Tyne, Huddersfield Literature Festival, London Literature Festival, Manchester Literature Festival and more.


Journalism has appeared in The Guardian, Independent, New Wales Review, The Times, The Sunday Times.

Featured in the British Council’s #fiveFilms4freedom Global List 2016, celebrating “visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world”

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‘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

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

‘Burston is 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

‘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