Jon Paul Roberts is a culture writer, essayist, and filmmaker from the North of England. They received their undergraduate degree from Liverpool John Moores University and have an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. They are currently working towards their PhD in Film and Creative Writing with a focus on autobiographical queer cinema.
Singledom, a web series they created and wrote, premiered in October 2018. It was Liverpool’s first queer web series and featured an array of local talent. They also curated two film festivals in collaboration with Storyhouse, Chester, and is currently working on a collection of creative non-fiction essays focusing on loss, and responsibility. Similarly, they’re working on various short film projects.
Their journalism, essays, and fiction have appeared in the Lifejacket anthology, Another North, Brightest Young Things, The Glass Hive, The Doe, The Spool, Metro UK, and Huff Post. They are a contributor for Storyhouse, GameRant, Big Picture Film Club, and other publications. Their column ‘How Film Changed Me’, which uses film and TV to understand millennial life, is published every first and third Sunday of the month.
In 2017, they won the Spread the Word’s inaugural Life Writing Prize for their essay ‘1955-2012’.
In 2020 they were shortlisted for the Write Now programme by Penguin Random House.
They are, occasionally, an Associate Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.
Photo credit: Melissa Reid