By Paul Maddern

Paul Maddern

Paul Maddern was born in Bermuda and now lives in County Down. He has three publications with Templar Poetry: Kelpdings (2009), The Beachcomber’s Report (2010), and Pilgrimage (2017). He was recently included in New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff Press, 2016), edited by Sinéad Morrissey and Stephen Connolly. He was Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds and has been a Tutor with Edinburgh University and the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.


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The Tipping Line

This is an extract from a longer poem still in progress, ‘The Tipping Line’, written to the son of my friends Ken and Jane Vickers. Rowan studied drama at Julliard and is now acting professionally in New York. Earlier sections of the poem reference WWI veteran James Whale who found fame in 1928 directing R…