Paul Dodgson is a writer, radio producer, musician and teacher with a special interest in life-writing and scriptwriting. His book On the Road Not Taken: A Memoir About the Power of Music (Unbound, 2019), told the story of falling in love with music as a child and becoming a singer after a thirty-year hiatus. Paul has also written several memoir-based radio plays including Home (BBC Radio 4, 2014) and You Drive Me Crazy (BBC Radio 4, 2012). Other writing includes time on the EastEnders writing team, theatre for children and many stories and radio plays for the BBC on subjects ranging from the early days of the nuclear power industry to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte.
As a radio producer for the BBC, Paul has made many hundreds of programmes for all BBC networks including drama, documentary and literary programmes, working with writers to develop scripts for broadcast. Most recently, Paul has been an executive producer for the BBC and Arts Council England talent development scheme, New Creatives.
As a musician Paul has written soundtracks including The Epic of Gilgamesh (BBC Radio 3, 2006), lyrics and music for theatre including The Nutcracker (Bath Theatre Royal 2008) and releases songs under his own name.
Paul has taught creative writing at Exeter University and Falmouth University, has run courses at the Arvon Foundation and Ty Newydd, has spoken at many literature festivals and led workshops throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. He greatly enjoys mentoring writers on widely differing projects.