Paul Burston

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Paul Burston
Paul Burston (born 1965) is a gay author and edited TimeOut magazine's lesbian and gay - later LGBT - pages for many years.

Life and works

Paul Burston was born in York, raised in South Wales and now lives in London. His books include the critically-acclaimed novels Shameless (shortlisted for the State of Britain Award 2001, reprinted 2009), Star People (2006, reprinted 2009, 2010), Lovers and Losers (shortlisted for the Stonewall Award 2007, reprinted twice in 2009) and The Gay Divorcee (2009, reprinted 2009 and 2010). He also edited two short story collections, Boys and Girls (2010) and Men and Women (2011).

Paul Burston is also a curator at the London Literature Festival and host of the Polari literary salon, both at the Southbank Centre.

In 2011, he founded The Polari First Book Prize to encourage and celebrate new writing by LGBT authors.

His hobbies include diving and DJing.


The Gay Divorcee, Sphere (4 Mar 2010) ISBN 978-0751542363

Lovers and Losers, Sphere (5 April 2007) ISBN 978-0751538649

Boys and Girls, Glasshouse Books (15 July 2010) ISBN 978-1907536090

A Queer Romance: Lesbians, Gay Men and Popular Culture, Routledge (19 Jan 1995) ISBN 978-0415096188

Shameless, Abacus, (2 May 2002) ISBN 978-0349114798

What Are You Looking At?: Queer Sex, Style and Cinema (Lesbian and Gay Studies), Continuum International Publishing (12 Oct 1995) ISBN 978-0304343003

Star People, Sphere (6 Sep 2007) ISBN 978-0751538496

Queen's Country, Little, Brown & Company (18 Jun 1998) ISBN 978-0316881746

Awards and recognition

In 2012, he was shortlisted as Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.

Paul Burston was ranked 89 on the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List 2011, 24 on the Pride Power List 2011, 79 on the World Pride Power List 2012 and 74 on the World Pride Power List 2013.

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