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Suzannah V. Evans met with Paul Stephenson at the Byre Theatre bar. They discussed Paul’s StAnza highlights, his experience of living and working in France, and the publication of his second pamphlet The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016), written in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. Paul also read his poems ‘Womb’ (at 11m52s), ‘The Pull’ (at 13m32s), and ‘Wake Up And’ (at 14m42s). Paul Stephenson grew up in Cambridge, England. He studied modern languages and linguistics, then European studies. He has lived in France, Spain and Belgium, and most recently spent three years in Paris. He took part in the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme in 2013-14, working with Patience Agbabi, and completed the Sheffield Writing School. He was one of the Aldeburgh Eight in 2014 and a winner of the 2014/2015 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition. His first pamphlet Those People (Smith/Doorstop) was published in May 2015. His second pamphlet The Days that Followed Paris appeared with HappenStance in October 2016. He teaches at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Suzannah V. Evans was born in London and studied at the universities of St Andrews and York. She has worked in publishing and recently as a sound technician, translator, and interpreter for StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews. Her poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Eborakon, The North, New Welsh Review, Tears in the Fence, and RAUM. Photo Credit: Matt Hoffman

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