Paul spent one previous life working for an Australian intelligence service in Sydney, Canberra and Darwin (but he can't tell you any more). He then joined Lonely Planet, writing or co-writing 30 guidebooks to weird and wonderful places like Mongolia, Yemen and Poland, as well as Indonesia and Bali.
After realising he was too old to write for backpackers, Paul became a teacher, sharing his love and knowledge of Indonesia in South Australian high schools; and lived in Jakarta for several years promoting education development programs to schools across Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
More recently, his first novel, 'Bali & Oates' (JoJo, Melbourne, 2013), was published. The first of the 'Oates Trilogy', the other two, 'Vietnamnesia' and 'Afghans and Malaise', will be self-published in 2014 and 2015.
Other published titles include: 'The Hard Way Home' (JoJo, 2014), co-written with Allan Roberts about Allan's motorbike odyssey across the world; a guidebook, 'Tuttle Travel Pack: Bali & Lombok' (Tuttle, USA, 2014); and a photo-book 'Journey Through Bali' (Tuttle, later in 2015.
Paul is searching for a publisher for a series of quirky comedies he's written starting with 'Bali Billy'. He also writes travel articles for Australian and Asian magazines and websites, and has conducted travel-writing workshops for the SA Writers' Centre.
Paul has also written two full-length movie scripts 'Cinnamon Sweat' and 'Heaven Nor Hell', and a TV series 'Middle Aged Runaways'. Also written but unproduced is a short film 'Class Act' and a one-act drama 'A Halt in Play', which was shortlisted for a competition by a Queensland theatre company.
His other interests include making film clips, which can be seen on his YouTube channel:
Neglecting to get married, Paul now lives in Adelaide, South Australia, without any wives or children. He currently spends his time writing or not writing. He can be contacted through his website: www.paulgreenway.net
on Sep. 01, 2014 :
20-something Sean is stranded when his van breaks down in a town in a remote part of South Australia (population: 7 or so depending on where you lose count). That Sean is a filmmaker looking for interesting subject matter doesn’t make his impending stay in Chittingford Dales any more appealing. Here, they are all the hyper-weird old souls you find in a middle of a nowhere town where people spend their whole lives. Like any old-fashioned ensemble comedy, the lunacy is both the point and besides the point.
Sean comes up with the idea of inviting the band Cinnamon Sweat to play at Chittingford Dales and approaches his friend Mitch to produce the concert and the ensuing disruption to the town for an online reality show. That’s all you really need to know. The book feels like a family reunion where you condense all the stuff you have missed into a few days after not talking to someone for years. The story is charming and fascinating and little bit of a car wreck too. Highly recommended.
(review of free book)