Dr Colette Paul

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, BA Writing & English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Creative writing

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Creative Writing

Colette Paul is particularly interested in short fiction, both theory and practice, and has published a book of short stories, Whoever You Choose to Love; these were serialized on Radio 4. Although her publications are in short fiction, she is interested in all types of prose fiction and has supervised many novel projects.



After studying English & Politics, Colette completed a MLitt in Creative Writing, and then a PhD, funded by a Carnegie Scholarship. During this time she worked as a post-graduate tutor in English Literature for the University of Glasgow, teaching a survey course from Milton to Angela Carter. After she finished her PhD, she taught Creative Writing at Glasgow University (MA level) and at Strathclyde University (BA level) and also for Visibility Scotland. She has worked at ARU since 2008 where she teaches mainly on the short story, and supervises students at all levels.

Colette has published in many literary magazines and journals, and two of her stories were recently included in Victoria Hislop’s anthology, The Story: 100 Great Stories of Love & Loss.

Research interests

  • Short fiction, theory and practice
  • Prose fiction
  • Narrative theory
  • Contemporary women’s writing

Areas of research supervision

First supervisor for PhD students including:

  • Short fiction and the narrative strategies of Alice Munro
  • Novel and representations of motherhood in contemporary fiction
  • Novella and representations of mental health


Colette teaches Writing at BA, MA and PhD level


  • PhD, University of Strathclyde.
  • MLitt Creative Writing, Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.
  • MA (Hons) 1st Class, English Literature and Politics, University of Glasgow

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Carnegie Scholarship, October 2003- October 2006
  • Tom Gallon/Royal Society of Authors’ Short Story Prize, 2005
  • Finalist 2004 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer’s Awards

Selected recent publications

Paul, C. 2013. Kenny in The Story: Love, Loss & the Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories, (ed) Victoria Hislop, ISBN: 9781781853603.

Paul, C. 2013. Renaissance in The Story: Love, Loss & the Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories, (ed) Victoria Hislop, ISBN: 9781781853603.

Paul, C. 2013. Long Night of the Soul in New Writing Scotland 31, August 2013, ISBN 978-1-906841-14-0.

Paul, C. 2012. Real Life in Short Fiction in Theory & Practice Vol 1, Issue 2: 217-226, doi: 10. 1386

Paul, C. 2011. Where in the World in Stand, Vol 11 (3) 199: 68-74. ISSN: 0038-9366.

Paul, C. 2011. Privacy in Edinburgh Review, Vol 123, The Real World: 94-101, ISSN: 0267-6672

Paul, C. 2010. Carrying On, in New Writing: The International Journal for the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing, Vol. 7, Issue 1: 76-85, ISSN: 1479-0726

Paul, C. 2010. Marginalia in The Year of Open Doors

Paul, C. 2010. Marginalia in Gutter: The Magazine of New Scottish Writing, Vol. 3, pp.60-64.

Paul, C., 2005. I'm Happy, You're Happy, We're All Happy. In: Lost in Progress. New York: Seal Press.

Paul, C., 2004. Whoever you Choose to Love. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

Media experience

  • Radio 4 short story commission, ‘Ghosts’, broadcast September 2008 as part of the Save Our Souls series, repeated 2009, 2010.
  • Five short stories broadcast on Afternoon Reading, Radio 4, January 2004-Feburary 2005, repeated 2006 and 2007.