Laline Paull

Author, playwright, screenwriter

Hello and thank you for visiting.

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.

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 (the D-stream) I won a scholarship to Oxford.  I’ve since had the honour of representing English literature for the British Council in Russia, Peru, Mexico and Poland.

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.

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