Paul Speller is one of the best known print journalists and columnists in the Isle of Man.
Now a freelance journalist, he built his reputation with more than 20 years at Isle of Man Newspapers, making his name as a political correspondent who got all the interviews and had the contacts within the corridors of power to unearth news that some would have preferred had remained unknown.
He went on to become news editor of the company’s three weekly titles for six years and was at one stage the acting editor.
Now, Paul writes a monthly political column, Grapevine, in Business 365 magazine.
During 2016/17 he conducted in-depth interviews with every member of the Isle of Man’s House of Keys, for the Isle of Man Examiner, for whom he continues to contribute as a freelancer.
Paul’s knowledge saw also him called on to act as a political commentator for internet television station TVIM.
Paul is also widely known for his opinion columns in a variety of publications. His satirical views on politics often provoke debate, but he has also written about Manx life in general and parenthood in particular. One blog piece he penned about television show Dora the Explorer has had more than 50,000 hits.
He has worked for a number of UK national newspapers since turning freelance and has branched out into public relations work and copy writing services for a variety of clients, ranging from corporate to charity.
As well as his work as a freelance journalist and providing public relations services, father-of-two Paul has been turning his hand to fiction. His debut short story, Baby Blue Eyes, was published in Writing Magazine after winning a contest. Another short story was published in October 2017 autumn, in Dimension6 magazine and later included in an anthology that was shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards.
Most recently, his short story Beautiful Dangerous, was published in the Bloodbond collection.
Paul has been so busy with his work commitments that his blog has only just come out of hibernation, but there are plenty of pieces on there to read. You can visit it here.
If you want to engage Paul’s services, as a journalist, writer or for PR purposes, then get in touch via the form below.