After deadline-hitting late nights in Cardiff’s student media scene, Paul first found himself in Cornwall circa 2006, honing his journalism skills. Following a stint in news and public policy reporting in London, he moved into brand content strategy, writing, editing and commissioning at Specialist UK for the likes of HSBC, NFU Mutual, JLL and Siemens.
As a writer and editor, he has worked on end-to-end magazine creation; written original articles and copy for advertising, emails, social media and websites – on topics from savings accounts to smart city infrastructure; and developed creative concepts for new products or campaigns.
Returning to Cornwall at the end of 2019, he brings this breadth of experience to Stranger projects, from crafting copy and scripting videos to formulating tone of voice and messaging approaches.
More than happy to sit down to read to the kids, or with a book of his own, he has worked on projects for new creative writing talent and will gladly eulogise about the power of writing, and reading, if asked.
Language goes to core of what it is to be human, and has preoccupied philosophers, academics and many of the rest of us too, well, probably forever. So what are some of the key critical perspectives on the development and social effect of language and why does it matter?
The Annette is a 114-year-old former Danish fishing boat that now sails in search of marine pollution to take it on a new circular journey and keep it out of the natural environment. Joined by his two daughters, Paul Dicken boarded 'Annie', with the core Clean Ocean Sailing crew: Steve, Monika, Simon and Rosie.
How is the 15-minute city – the idea that basic amenities should be that long a walk for any city resident – becoming a reality in urban areas the world over?
Paul Dicken caught up with Angeline Morrison in November 2022, a month after the release of her Sorrow Songs album, to talk about bringing historical characters to life in song, the songwriting process, and the initial reaction to the album.
Goodfest 2022 promised creative conversations. And it delivered – from the sea-view conference rooms to the fireside. It also got me thinking, what are the barriers we create with the language we use for good, of the social or environmental kind? Do we need a different language for a different world?