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Paul McDonald is a Walsall-born novelist, poet and critic. Paul’s novels – Surviving Sting (2001), Kiss Me Softly Amy Turtle (2004), and Do I Love You? (2008) – are all comedies published by Birmingham-based Tindal Street Press. His critical books include work on Philip Roth, Joseph Heller, American literary humour, and the philosophy of humour. As a humour scholar he has made TV appearances on programmes such as BBC Breakfast and The One Show, and he is credited with uncovering the oldest joke in the world. His poetry has appeared in magazines such as The California Quarterly, Iota, and Orbis, and is collected in The Right Suggestion (Flarestack Press, 1999), Catch a Falling Tortoise (Cinnamon Press, 2007), and An Artist Goes Bananas (Indigo Dreams Press, 2012). He is a four time prize-winner in the Ottakars/Faber & Faber Poetry Competition, and most recently won first prize in the 2012 John Clare Poetry Competition. He is currently head of creative writing at the University of Wolverhampton.