John Paul Kirkham is a poet, photographer and writer living in the City of Liverpool and is the author of eighteen books and collaborations including the well known anthology of poetry “In Violet” and the autobiography "I Saw Her Standing There" and is the official biographer of two Italian saints: Clare of Assisi and Gemma Galgani of Lucca. 

John Paul studied in the 1970’s at the Laird School of Art in Merseyside leading to a long career as a photographer firstly in forensics (yes the scary stuff of “Silent Witness”) then general press, running a studio, advertising, documentary film making and managing Britains largest private photographic and film archive. John Paul also spent twelve years on Kensington Palace’s royal photographic rota with HRH Diana - Princess of Wales and over the years has featured on television, radio and as a real life character in Blake Morrisons book of stories "Too True"

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