Paul Burston

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Paul Burston is a British journalist and author. Born in York and raised in South Wales, Burston attended Brynteg Comprehensive School and studied English, Drama and Film Studies at university. He worked for the London gay policing group GALOP and was an activist with ACT-UP before moving into journalism. He edited, for some years, the gay and lesbian section of Time Out magazine.

His first novel Shameless, published in 2001, was praised by the New York Times.[1]

He has since published three more novels and two short story collections.

His new novel 'The Black Path' will be published by Accent Press on September 2016 and is longlisted for the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize.

He is the founder and host of award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre, and founder of The Polari First Book Prize for new LGBT writing.


Non fiction[edit]

  • A Queer Romance: Lesbians, Gay Men and Popular Culture, Routledge, 1995. ISBN 0-415-09618-9
  • What are you Looking at? Queer Sex, Style and Cinema, Continuum International Publishing, 1995. ISBN 0-304-34300-5
  • 'Confessions of A Gay Film Critic' in Anti-Gay Freedom Editions, 1996 (ed. Mark Simpson)
  • Gutterheart: Life According to Marc Almond, 1981-1996, Dunce Directive, 1997, ISBN 0-9522068-6-2
  • Queens' Country, A Tour Around the Gay Ghettos, Queer Spots and Camp Sights of Britain, Little Brown, 1998. ISBN 0-349-11178-2


Edited works[edit]


  1. ^ Schillinger, Liesl (27 June 2004). "'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy - Review". Retrieved 2010-03-15. 

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