Born in Leicester to a Polish mother and English father, Paul was raised bilingual thanks to his Mother ensuring that he attended the city’s Saturday school, where he developed a passion for Polish history, literature and film, while also learning folk dancing. Paul studied Polish and German at University College London, including a year spent at Hamburg and Wrocław universities, and graduated in 2006 before moving to the University of Glasgow for a Master’s degree in Slavonic Studies, writing a dissertation on Jan Klata’s theatre. After teaching for a semester at Ivano-Frankivsk Precarpathian University in Ukraine, Paul began a PhD thesis at Glasgow in 2008 and is now in the final stages of his study of Polish communist-era sociological autobiography competitions and peasants’ memory and everyday life in the Recovered Territories. During his doctoral studies he has published several articles while also working as a translator with the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław, preparing the English-language version of its encyclopaedia and portal at www.grotowski.net having previously also translated the book Juliusz Osterwa: Through Theatre, Beyond Theatre in collaboration with the Centre for Performance Research and Black Mountain Press (Aberystwyth: forthcoming, 2012). When not translating or writing his thesis, Paul can be found in Glasgow’s theatres, galleries and cinemas, or watching St. Mirren FC in Paisley.