Paul Beatty

Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester
About me...

I enjoy a varied and interesting life. As a research scientist and engineer in the Health Service and University for over thirty years, my research was in patient safety and medical instrumentation.
I retired in 2011 to become a full-time novelist, taking the Creative Writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University and passing with a distinction.

I am a very experienced public speaker and can tackle small groups to audiences of up to 2,000. I have been a key-note speaker at international scientific conferences both in the UK and abroad.

About my Talks...

They cover a spectrum:    General interests –  Talks connected to research for novels – Based in Creative Writing –
Of interest to aspiring writers.
I use a video projector, computer and screen, which I normally bring with me at no extra cost. My talks are 40-45 minutes long with time for questions at the end.


My standard fee is £60 for an evening or daytime talk. This includes travel for up to 20 miles round trip from my home. For round trips in excess of 20 miles, I charge 40p per mile any travel above 20 miles.
I generally cover Greater Manchester, Cheshire, the southern parts of Lancashire and the western parts of Derbyshire.
I make reductions for charity groups and fund-raising events, so don’t be frightened to ask.
Other forms of special arrangements are possible. Larger groups of over 100 would be subject to negotiation. If you wish me to travel outside the area outlined above that would be subject to negotiation, especially if it requires an overnight stay.

My Contact Details:

0161 449 7225

07940 500921

The General Strike of 1842

In 1842 the largest general strike of the industrial age took place in the UK. Turnouts from many industries brought factories to a standstill and campaigned for fair pay for fair work, leading to violent confrontations between soldiers and workers in many towns, but particularly the cotton towns of Northwest England. Paul will introduce this important event and its local manifestations.

The Secret Life of the Novel

Ever wanted to write a novel? Wondered where the ideas for novels come from? What is a genre? Does everyone have a novel in them? Can you learn to be a writer or are writers born? How do you get published? Paul talks about his experience of writing and reads from his published work and work in progress.

Build Your Own Monster

Have you ever wondered whether the monsters you see on Dr Who, Star Trek or Star Wars might really exist somewhere in the infinite depths of space? Have you ever fancied being Dr Frankenstein and inventing a monster of your own? If you have, then this talk is for you. Together we’ll build a few monsters from the ideas of your group and then Paul will use his experience of the physics and physiology of real organisms to say which might survive somewhere in the universe.


According to Wikipedia “Worldbuilding is the process of constructing an imaginary world, sometimes associated with a whole fictional universe.” Usually thought of as a process that is confined to fantasy and science fiction, worldbuilding in fact engages with practically all forms of storytelling. In this talk Paul deals with how imaginary worlds are constructed.

Creating a Writers' Group - The Storyteller's Place

How does one run a writers’ group? What are the pitfalls and how do you avoid them? Paul describes his own experience of setting up and running a writers’ group called The Storyteller’s Place in his home locality. The talk will consider the difficulties and success of running a group, and how to achieve constructive working and harmony.

What is Point of View

Point of View (PoV) is a technical term for telling the reader through whose eyes the story being told. This is always the narrator of the story but not necessarily the hero of the story. PoV can also be changed by the tense in which the story is written. Paul will consider how PoV relates to the hero of a story and whether or not the narrator is always the hero.

The Three Pillars of Wisdom

A series of three linked talks dealing with Who? What? Where? The talks can be given in any order or as a series of three.

1. Character or the Lack of it: “Character Led” is one of the commonest phrases that new writers come across. The common assumption is that successful fiction is dependent on the hook that the narrative gives to the reader which bonds them to the protagonist and to other characters in the story. Thereby the reader is gripped.

2. Panzers, Planners and Plot: This talk deals with the What of a novel or short story. It considers the general ways authors approach constructing and writing novels, before going on to consider the Three Act Structure and how it can be used to analyse or guide any story using a very well-known example.

3. The Stage for the Play: In the same way that character is essential as when looking at a play, there has to be a sense of place e.g. the Castle at Elsinore in Hamlet or the nondescript area round a sapling in Waiting for Godot. The crime writer PD James admitted that she started not with character but with place, in her case very specific places. The historical novelist Andrew Taylor has said that the maps he draws of the settings for his novels are vital to the creative purpose. Paul himself tends to be a place person.

NB. Paul can often provide one of the talks listed here at short notice, e.g. your speaker has cancelled, but he would need at least two days’ notice.

Paul Beatty Contact Details:

0161 449 7225

07940 500921

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