Paul Driver (1972, English) has worked for The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Boston Globe as music critic, and since 1985 has been music critic for The Sunday Times. He is also a poet and a novelist.
He edited a volume of Kipling short stories, A Diversity of Creatures (Penguin) and a collection of essays on music and text (Harwood Academic Publishers). In 1996 Picador published his Manchester Pieces, a book of stories and essays, ‘or essays that turn into stories’. He has also written a novel, A Metropolitan Recluse. His verse pamphlet, Four Elegies, was published in 2009; and another pamphlet, A Verlaine Dozen and Two Other Poems (New Victoria Press) appeared in 2013.
“The great benefit of the English course – and I’ve never doubted it – was the chance to read right through English poetry from Beowulf to Auden. That was a tremendous creative arc – something one was unlikely to undertake again in such a concentrated manner. It seems to give one something solid for life.”