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Paul is a visiting professor at the Universities of Bolton and Huddersfield. His professional life has been split between railways and adult education. He wrote a pioneering book on the links between Bolton and Walt Whitman - 'Loving Comrades: Lancashire's Links to Walt Whitman' (1984) which was recently republished as 'With Walt Whitman in Bolton: spirituality, sex and socialism in a Northern Mill Town' (2019). Other published work includes 'Lancashire's Romantic Radical - The Life and Work of Allen Clarke/Teddy Ashton' (2008) and 'Socialism with a Northern Accent' (2012). His most recent publication is 'The Settle-Carlisle Railway' (2019). He is currently working on a novel based on life at Horwich Locomotive Works in the 1970s, where he worked in the Spring Smithy.
He is active in Bolton's voluntary sector and chairs the Bolton and South Lancashire Community Rail Partnership. His PhD was 'Region, Class Culture: Lancashire Dialect Literature 1746-1935' (University of Salford 1993).