|Born||Paul David Stenning|
12 June 1976
Brighton, East Sussex, England
|Education||Bury Church of England High School|
Paul David Stenning (born 12 June 1976) is an English author, ghostwriter and poet. He has written twenty-nine books, of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and biography. The best-known of his books is The Robert Pattinson Album, a biography of Robert Pattinson, first published in 2009 and appearing in seven languages since then. According to WorldCat Stenning has released 30 works in 106 publications in 7 languages.
Stenning was born in Brighton in East Sussex. He had trials with the Brighton & Hove Albion youth team and wanted to be a footballer or a writer. Stenning's primary school teacher remarked that he would be a writer at the age of four.
His family moved to Manchester when he was eight years old. Stenning attended Urmston Grammar School amongst others, including Bury Church of England High School. He did not attend college or university. Despite early encouragement at school, Stenning is a mostly autodidactic writer.
Stenning wrote poetry through his late teens and submitted his first poem in late 1999, which was published as part of an anthology titled Magical Memories, a year later.
During this time he worked for Take That as assistant to their financial advisor Simon Orange, the brother of Jason Orange. Stenning was privy to the intimate details of the band's personal finances. During his time working at the office in Cheadle he had an accident where he fell through a roof inside the building and was almost electrocuted.
After leaving his work in finance, Stenning worked at the Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester where he worked alongside Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay. In an interview with Key 103 radio the owner of the club explained how he told Stenning that he could make him a "very rich man" in revealing what he knew of Take That. Stenning declined. According to the owner, Stenning assisted Peter Kay with his first memoir.
Between 1998 and 2005 Stenning was employed at the well-known Manchester record shop, Vinyl Exchange, where his expertise in Metal and Rock made a substantial contribution to the shop's success.
He also worked as a DJ, often playing sets before live concerts, particularly before shows at the Manchester Apollo. Stenning's sets appeared before concerts by No Doubt, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bruce Dickinson. He also once worked at a famous toy store where he met Karel Poborsky.
Stenning has said music was his first love and he wrote music reviews for fun during his teens. In the mid-1990s he submitted reviews to Metal Hammer where he soon became a regular contributor. Other music magazines he wrote for included Rolling Stone, Record Collector, Metal Maniacs, Decibel, BraveWords, Terrorizer and Alternative Press. He has also written for FHM, Front and, after moving to Cyprus in 2008, the Cyprus Weekly. He continues to contribute to Record Collector most recently interviewing Fish. Stenning contributed a piece to The Independent newspaper on the anniversary of Michael Hutchence's passing.
Stenning has a wife and daughter. He travels around the world to ghostwrite and is based in the United States and Cyprus.
He lived in Brighton during the time of the Brighton hotel bombing, being woken by the blast. He was also in Manchester on the day of the 1996 Manchester bombing.
Stenning has been an active campaigner for animal rights since his teens and is a vegetarian. He is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In August 2020 Stenning expressed his support on Twitter for Rowan Atkinson and the coalition of authors and journalists campaigning against the hate crime bill.
He released a podcast on the TV series Minder in July 2021.