My name is Paul S. Withers. The middle initial is for two reasons - firstly, because there is already a Paul Withers who has a heavy google presence and works in the field of astronomy, and I don't want us to be confused; and secondly, because my middle name begins with S.
Throughout my youth I was interested in Greek mythology, growing up in that era dominated by Clash of the Titans and Jason and The Argonauts made so memorable by the special effects of Ray Harryhausen. After studying Latin and Greek at school, I then read Classics at Reading University. My undergraduate dissertation was to write a Greek tragedy in English - The Athenians, a play covering the destruction of the Athenian expedition to Sicily in 413BC and echoing Aeschylus' The Persians. I had also written some shorter Greek tragedies - Scylla (which is covered in narrative in Becoming Jason) and Patroclus.
While studying for my MA and PhD I began to expand Patroclus into a trilogy of mini-tragedies under the umbrella title of The Arms of Achilles. At the same time I developed plot-lines for further Greek tragedies, including two based on lost Greek tragedies - Sophocles' Medea in Colchis and Euripides' Aegeus. It was to these two stories in particular that I turned some years later when I chose to begin writing a novel. At the same time, while studying for a PhD, I translated and directed my own production of Sophocles' Antigone. This translation rendered the lyric passages in traditional metres, a feat that is to my knowledge unequalled. The translation led me to speak at a conference at the University of Hull about the translation techniques I used.
In the period between leaving university and beginning to write Jason & Medea, I turned to a career in IT development on the Lotus Domino platform. In recent years I began a blog covering topics relating to Domino development, have contributed articles to the Domino Designer wiki and am an author for the XPages Blog. In February 2010 I was asked to take part in The XCast, an XPages-related podcast, and This Week In Lotus. In 2010 I have presented sessions at BLUG (the Belux Lotus User Group - March), NLLUG (Netherlands Lotus User Group - September) and ILUG (Ireland Lotus User Group - November). Through my experience with XPages I developed the web building tool on which this website sits.
Outside of IT development I am an A award netball umpire, regularly umpiring in the National Premier League, the South Region Premier League and various national tournaments. In 2007 I umpired the final of the National Youth Finals and in 2010 I umpired the U14 final of the National Schools Finals.
I'm also a Reading FC season ticket holder.
Follow the links to the right to find out more about my other interests or contact me.