Paula Coston

Blogging, sometimes forcefully, on singledom, the older woman, childlessness, gender, feminism

Paula Coston is a 60-something-year-old, one-time book publisher, freelance journalist and educator in schools. She eventually got the classic London burn-out and now works in a University in Gloucestershire.

She is a staunch supporter of Gateway Women (, the online community for those like her who are childless not by choice. She also blogs for The Not Mom, Life Without Baby and Mumsnet (infiltrating the enemy - only joking). She's published books and online materials for teachers and schools, but at last is succeeding in fiction.

She was inhibited from writing fiction until her forties by her memories of 'full and frank', though extremely generous, mentoring-by-letter in her early teens from J.R.R. Tolkien, her grandparents' neighbour.

Her novel On the Far Side, There's a Boy came out in June 2014. It treats a woman's childlessness and singledom in a magical realist way: think Philomena meets Life of Pi meets 84 Charing Cross Road. Jamila Gavin, Whitbread award-winning author of Coram Boy (a novel, then a show in London and on Broadway) has called it 'an absorbing tale... written in a new, wonderfully contemporary voice'.

Paula believes that there's a lot more to say and write for women, in fiction and out.