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In a World of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell


Motivated to understand all things on all levels is a somewhat intensive task, but one that is proving spiritually uplifting. That said, it is the source of my interest in the written word, a quest, to understand the self. Language and communication are at the root of our being, and perhaps human kinds greatest achievement but it is the written word that is our power.

I studied English Language and Literature at college and subsequently became a teacher of the subject. It was whilst at college that I developed a love of Middle English poetry, especially Chaucer. My other major influences include the works of the Romantic poets and the Pre-Raphaelite movement; Phillip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, & Simon Armatige, and more besides. College was also where I took my writing more seriously. I began writing whilst serving in the Army. This usually took the form of rebellious satire aimed at the officers and senior ranks, endowed as I am, with a sharp intellect and sense of fun, and no desire for promotion.

I like to think that I have strong aesthetic values, often seduced as I am, by the beauties of the World and the Universe. Unfortunately this particular aspect of my nature has yet to find it's way into my work. Which has often been described as humorous, dark and compelling, serving as it does, aspects of certain realities in a unique style.


I've had poems published in the UK & USA, also the Peruvian born composer Jimmy Lopez was commissioned to write a piece of music for the Tampere music festival in Finland in April 2008 and selected my poem 'Incubus' to work with. It was a great honour and privillage to work with Jimmy and the members of Poing! The band who performed the piece. Since the intial commission, which recieved it's world premiere in Tampere; Jimmy has composed another version for different instruments, which was performed in Germany in July 2008.

A link for the piece wil be added soon.


please enjoy my work.


'if we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended
That you have but slumb’red here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream.'

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream.

God is dead. - Nietzsche; Nietzsche is dead. -God...

Video presentation of my poems

Birth Place: Doncaster,  England

Accomplishments: BA English Language & Literature
Adult Education Cert. (Cert. ED.)
Camb. TEFL
others too numerous to mention, and not quite relevant as regards writing(I can cook though).
Oh! I play guitar name it I'll slaughter it lol.


Disturbing Ovid 2013
 by Paul Williams
Here's another oldie that has had a re-write. It's more structured than the original and the content is more logical in prosession. I hope you all enjoy this version. ...

Hideous spirit
 by Paul Williams
An oldie that deserves another airing. once had deep personal meaning but now serves as a lesson learned....

 by Paul Williams

Walking with Ghosts Pts 1&2
 by Paul Williams
Originally posted early last year, these two poems are part of a longer work in process...(yes, I know those of you who read these last year have been waiting for part III...but it's had so many re-w...

My Sweet Idiom
 by Paul Williams
Here's a silly ditty that serves as an example of the versatility of the English language. A poem, describing an actual event that took place a number of years ago, using idiomatic language...oh! and...

The Voice
 by Paul Williams
Ah! Consciousness is a wonderful thing... Insight! How it changes the future. ;-)...

 by Paul Williams
As it's International Women's' day, today, thought I'd post this oldie dedicated to all you lovely ladies out there. Blessings ;-)...

For my Muse
 by Paul Williams
Whilst searching for the Key, I came across this oldie that deserves another airing. Just a couple of more moons to go and we're there. ;-)...

 by Paul Williams
This piece of prose was inspired and influenced by a real event that occurred here in the UK in 1970. ...

An Age in Retrospect (Redux) The Directors Cut
 by Paul Williams
After quiet sometime away from the Den. I've gotten back into the swing of things by preparing and re-writing earlier works in preparation for publication. This is a combination of two previous poems...

Novus Ordo Seclorum
 by Paul Williams
A re-post that has a distubingly prophetic ring about it, taking in to consideration current events. The rabbit hole is deeper than one can imagine and should I not return, know that the darkness is t...

Novus Ordo Seclorum
 by Paul Williams
Taken from 'Tales from the Apocalypse' (perhaps I ought to change the title to Apocalypse now), this caused a right old stink when I posted this on another site a few years ago. Although it say's m...

A Good day in The Underworld
 by Paul Williams
Another Video presentation of an old but powerful poem from Tales from The Apocalypse. A Good day in The Underworld, I hope the video enhances your enjoyment of this particular poem. To view the video...

An age in Retrospect (Take 1) ...Video presentation
 by Paul Williams
Here's an old poem with a new look, a visual and spoken presentation, I hope you like it...enjoy!...

 by Paul Williams
The first part of a prose work in progress...I have a plan but it could go anywhere......

Miserable Grouse
 by Paul Williams
Having not been around much here on AD during 2007 after a somewhat busy and stressfull year. (Mum's Ok now! yea!) I've thankfully managed to get back into my creative flow again, so for your delect...

Global Inc
 by Paul Williams
A re-post of an oldie that is still as significant, if not more so, than when it was first concieved seven years ago. There is new stuff on the way soon folks. Creative blessings to you all....

 by Paul Williams
Renowned Peruvian composer Javier Jimmy Lopez, has decided to use one of my poems 'Incubus' in a 13 minute piece he is commissioning for the Tampere Biennale which will take place in Finland next yea...

Apologies to Jerry Bolton
 by Paul Williams

Return of the Beggar King
 by Paul Williams
It's good to be back?...

Paul's Christmas Card
 by Paul Williams
Here's a short video the equivalent of the Queens speech NOT! Seasons Blessings to you all......

Anthem For Doomed Youth
 by Paul Williams
Rather than post one of my works as a poem for rememberance. Here I read a poem by a favourite poet of mine Wilfred Owen...a video tribute to all our servicemen and women past and present and also all...

Let's do it (live-ish)
 by Paul Williams
I think I've found my medium lol...I have decided that from now on, I shall post my poems with an accompanying video. Some poems just cry out to be read aloud so here for your delectation is a live re...

Live from his Bedroom!
 by Paul Williams
For your viewing pleasure...Here I read a small selection of poems (the one's I could get my tongue around at least, lol...from Tales from the Apocalypse. Enjoy! Oh! the fun I had....

The Promise
 by Paul Williams
Here's a little seasonal offering......


Glossary of Poetic Terminology
 by Paul Williams
I originally produced this reference guide for my students. I have posted this for those who are not familiar with poetic terminology and just general interest. I know it's basically a list, but I ho...

World Premiere of Incubus
 by Paul Williams
19.4.08 Tampere Music Festival Finland...

Earthquake hits UK...a sign of the times?
 by Paul Williams
Shaken but not stirred...

More from the Great Northern Flood
 by Paul Williams
The recent flooding in the north of England has promted the largest relief operation since the Second World War. ...

The Great Northern Flood (Flaming June?)
 by Paul Williams
The worst floods to hit England in living memory have claimed lives displaced thousands and caused chaos across the country. ...

Wars of The Roses & Towton 1461 (pictorial)
 by Paul Williams
I've re-written this piece and included an accompanying slide show, not only to enhance this work but also to provide a deeper insight into my 'Walking with Ghosts parts 1&2' poems....

The Wars of The Roses and Towton 1461
 by Paul Williams
In response to a request into the background of my latest poem 'Walking with Ghosts Palm Sunday 1461'. I'm posting this short summary about the Wars of the Roses and the battle of Towton. It is a p...

Big Brother in the Bins
 by Paul Williams
The people reject any futher attempt at surveillance. For now?...

Tyger! Tyger! William Blake
 by Paul Williams
Another short essay on one of my favourite poets, much maligned and dismissed as eccentric in his own time, but who proved to be a visionary who would inspire generations. A personal favourite....

John Milton and Paradise Lost
 by Paul Williams
I've recently started writing short pieces on my favourite poets for LI Times so it only seemed logical I share them with my AD family too, enjoy. ...

Critical Appreciation of the Poem Mr Bleaney By Phillip Larkin
 by Paul Williams
This is an appraisal of the poem Mr Bleaney by Phillip Larkin and serves as an example of how poetry can be critiqued. The poem itself is one of my own personal favourites because in many ways it repr...

A Midsummer Nights Dream
 by Paul Williams
An essay that looks at A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare from a different angle. Love, Sex, and fairies. ...

Critical appreciation of the works of Seamus Heaney
 by Paul Williams
I wrote this essay a number of years ago on the early works of one of my favourite living poets, Seamus Heaney, when I was coveted in the realms of academia...oh! happy day's lol. For those of you who...

The Wars of The Roses and The Death of Chivalry
 by Paul Williams
The real notion of chivalry in all it's bloody glory....

Tribute to a lady
 by Paul Williams
I am posting this on behalf of a friend who wishes to share her feelings with you all. I have had the great pleasure of meeting the Lady concerned, this is a very touching tribute, she will be sadly m...


Tales from The Apocalypse UPDATE
 by Paul Williams
Here is the current (working) reading order of my collection of poems 'Tales From The Apocalypse', as yet, by no means the diffinitive list. I originally set out to write a collection of poems that ...

Ramblings of a Madman World Tour
 by Paul Williams
The word is going on the road and I'm coming too. ...

Lightening Strike
 by Paul Williams
Lightening strikes twice...ya missed!...

Poems nominated
 by Paul Williams
Poems nominated for top 100 2005 ...

computer hacked
 by Paul Williams
I've been had, currently using my friends computer to leave this messege...

Languishing in the Arms of Morpheus - a knights tale pt2
 by Paul Williams
Well this little seed has grown as I feared it might....

Shaping Time
 by Paul Williams
Shaping Time accepted for publication...

Oh no! Technology
 by Paul Williams
I hate comps ...

Sympathy and grief
 by Paul Williams
In Memorium ...

New Stuff on the Way
 by Paul Williams
New stuff coming soon....


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Beyond the Liminal Rim
This page is where you will find the things that have influenced me throughout my life, in particular my writing. From Art, Music, Literature, and Poetry to Pop Culture. Exotic, Erotic and downright Esoteric. It's the Twilight Zone meets the Outer limits and more.

Poetry Society UK
Lots of poems, workshops, chat and useful links.

Poetry Life and Times
Excellent e-zine showcasing the works of new and contemporary poets, including many from AD.

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