Laline Paull

Author, playwright, screenwriter

Hello, thank you for visiting my website

I’m a writer of books, of plays and of screenplays. I came to the novel late, having put it off as long as possible, but making my way to the form via writing for the screen then the stage.

Two books in, I’m working on my third (no more on that until it’s done) but I’m also feeling a pull to revisit those other forms again, because storytelling is a flexible power, and I love both film and theatre.

Nothing compares with the energy of a live performance, which involves the energy of the audience – and now after two books written in an 8’x10′ shed at the bottom of the garden, I remember the joy of collaboration.  To work with brilliant generous actors, who both test your words for weakness and also embody the spirit of what you meant, makes you a better writer.

I was born in London, the first generation child of Indian immigrants – and I owe them more gratitude than I ever gave them growing up, for all the struggles they faced.  After a comprehensive school (put in the D-stream thank you) I won a scholarship to Oxford.  I’ve since had the honour of representing English literature for the British Council.

I believe nurture is easily as important as nature – and that nurture is now what nature most needs.  Nurture, protection and champions.  As a city child at our local urban brook (when sticklebacks still swam there) my mother would stand us on a concrete bridge and quote from As You Like It:

And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.

A lot has changed.  Storytelling is the job.

Portrait by: adrianpeacock.co.uk