Paul McLoughlin, born in London of Irish parents, taught at two comprehensive schools in the London Borough of Hounslow (first at what was then Hounslow Manor, and later at Isleworth & Syon) and as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London. He retired as an Assistant Headteacher in 2002, but taught A-level for a further ten years and spent a deal of highly enjoyable and rewarding time developing the Isleworth & Syon Jazz Big Band. Five members of the band had the time of their lives at Ronnie Scott’s Club for a Band-in-a-Day project which culminated in a performance of two numbers to the early birds at Scott’s in the evening. One of the best of them, a trombonist, can now legitimately claim to have played a solo at Scott’s at the age of 13. The drummer was so good they almost hired him. Their teacher continues to play alto and soprano saxophones and flute (he once played at Scott’s upstairs, but never made it down – except as a paying guest).

What Certainty Is Like was published in 1998 by Smith/Doorstop, and What Moves Moves (2004), Forgetting To Come In (2007), The Road to Murreigh (2010), and The Brazilian Who Beat Brazil (2017), all by Shoestring Press. Breaking Ground: The Anglo-Saxon Poems in Old English and in Translation (Paekakariki Press) was published in December, 2018). Wood & Ink: on Woodcuts by Alan Dixon (Shoestring press, 2013) includes a number of his poems, and he also edited and provided an introductory essay for Brian Jones: New & Selected Poems (Shoestring Press, 2013)

He has written articles, interviews and/or reviews for Agenda, PN Review, Tears in the Fence, Critical Survey, Hard Times (Germany), the North, The Dark Horse, Wild Court and London Grip. He contributed an essay called ‘Against Excess’ to PN Review 48, a special issue that set out to resist what was perceived as a new and damaging orthodoxy. Essays on the poetry of Brian Jones (and others) have appeared as follows:  ‘The Courtenay Play’ in Poetry in the Blood, edited by Tony Roberts (Shoestring Press, 2014); ‘The Unclubbable Jones’ in The North; and (forthcoming) ‘Scholarship Boys: Some Thoughts on the Poetry of Douglas Dunn and Brian Jones’ in The Dark Horse. ‘Inside and Out – the force of nature in poems by Ted Hughes (‘Wind’); Seamus Heaney (‘Storm on the Island’); Ian Hamilton (‘The Storm’) & Brian Jones (‘the Measure of the Need’)’ appeared in the Kings College London website, Wild Court, at An essay on the poetry of Greg Delanty (‘A Wave from a Boat?’) appeared in Agenda.

Poems have appeared in Ambit, Anon, Atlas, Critical Survey, Cyphers (Ireland), Envoi, The Frogmore Papers*, Hard Times (Germany), The Interpreter’s House*, London Grip (online), Magma*, Navis, Nightingale, Orbis, Other Poetry, Penniless Press, Poetry Life, PN Review, Poetry Nottingham International, The Rialto, Seam, Smiths Knoll*, Southword (Ireland), Tears in the Fence, Wandering Dog, and Wild Court (King’s College Lond, online at

(Those asterisked may be viewed at the Poetry Library on the South Bank website.)

The Southword poems may be found at

Poems have also appeared in Singing Brink: An Anthology of Poems from Lumb Bank (Arvon Press, 1987); Paging Doctor Jazz: A Verse Anthology (Shoestring Press, 2004); Warp & Weft: An Anthology of Worple Writing (Worple Press, 2007); Kicks against the Pricks (Eyelet Books, 2009) Speaking English: Poems for John Lucas (Five Leaves, 2007); Ten Poems About Bicycles Candlestick Press, 2009); The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (Eds, Greg Delanty & Michael Matto) (Norton, 2010);  Reflections on Lake Orta: poems for 10 years of Poetry on the Lake (Wyvern Works, 2010); A Brief History of Whistling by John Lucas & Allan Chatburn (Five Leaves Publications, 2013); So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis (Greg Delanty & Other Poets and Photographers) (Green Writers Press, 2014); A Festschrift for Barry Cole (Shoestring, 2015); Fifty Ways to Fly (Rhythm and Muse. 2017); and Strike Up The Band: Poems for John Lucas at 80 (Plas Gwyn Books)