Paul Willcocks is an award-winning writer and journalist with a sharp eye and a keen interest in understanding why people do the things they do.
After growing up in Toronto and attending university in Montreal, Willcocks headed west and landed at The Advocate, the daily newspaper in Red Deer, Alberta. His assignments included a stint as the police and court reporter, an early exposure to the fascinating world of criminals, cops and courts.
After working as editor and then publisher of the The Advocate, Willcocks ran daily newspapers in Saint John, N.B., Peterborough, Ont., and Victoria, B.C.
He was the first journalist honoured with the Jack Webster Commentator of the Year award and a two-time National Magazine Awards finalist. Willcocks is proudest of a Michener Award for Public Service Journalism won as part of a four-person team at the Victoria Times Colonist.
In 2012, Willcocks and his partner Jody Paterson left Victoria for two years as Cuso International volunteers in Honduras, working to develop the capacity of Honduran development organizations.
Dead Ends is his first book.