Welcome to Waringwords


Quotidian, my debut poetry book published by Yaffle Press is now available to buy. For details, please go to Contact page.

I’m Paul Waring, a poet living in Wirral, UK and this is my blog.

I’ve enjoyed a varied career, including owning and designing a menswear label ‘Art + Paul’ and being a singer/songwriter in several Liverpool bands. For much of the 1980’s I wrote lyrics for songs. I wrote my first poem in 1990 and continued to write until going to university to study and later work as a clinical psychologist.

In 2016, I began to write again after a gap of almost twenty years and had my first poem accepted for publication in May 2017. For a complete list of my published work see Published Poems.

I have had poems published in the following print journals, webzines and anthologies: Algebra of Owls, Amaryllis, Amble Magazine, Amethyst Review, Anapest/The Paragon Journal (USA), As Above So Below, Atrium Poetry, Beautiful Dragons ‘Watch The Birdie’ anthology,  Beautiful Dragons ‘Well, Dam!’ anthology, The Blue Nib, Bonnie’s Crew anthology, Broken Spine Artist Collective Issue 2, Clear Poetry, CoronaVerses anthology, Dear Reader, Dodging The Rain (Ireland), Domestic Cherry 6, Dreich Magazine, Eunoia Review, Failed Haiku (USA), Foxglove Journal, Good Dadhood, Half-Moon Books ‘View From Olympia’ anthology, Hedgehog Press, Here Comes Everyone, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Lighten Up Online, London Grip, Lyrical Aye, Marsden Jazz Festival (Poster Poem), Marble Poetry, Maytree Press ‘Green Fields’ anthology, Nine Muses Poetry, Northampton Poetry Review, Now Then Manchester ‘Word Life’ magazine, Peeking Cat, Pendemic, Plum Tree Tavern (USA), Optimum, Poetry Breakfast (USA), Poets Online (USA), Poetry Wivenhoe, Prole, Rats Ass Review (USA), Reach Poetry, Riggwelter, Scrittura Magazine, Strix, The Beach Hut, The Curlew, The Ekphrastic Review (USA), The High Window, The Lampeter Review, The Ofi Press (Mexico), The Open Mouse, The Poetry Village, The Quality Of Mersey anthology, The Red Ceilings, The Weekly Avocet (USA), Three Drops from a Cauldron, Visual Verse, Wildflower Muse (USA), Wirral Festival Of Firsts, Writers’ Cafe Magazine, Yaffle Press ‘An Insubstantial Universe’ (George Eliot) anthology, Yaffle Press ‘Whirlagust’ anthology.

In November 2017 my poem ‘Edward Burra: The Snack Bar (1930)’ was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In March 2019, my poem ‘Melt’ was awarded second prize in the Yaffle Competition. My poem ‘Nature Boy’ was commended in the Welshpool Open Poetry Competition in May 2019 and another poem ‘Water Stories’ was shortlisted.

Many thanks for visiting.