In 2017 her memoir The Green Bell: a memoir of love, madness, and poetry was published to critical acclaim. It won the inaugural Affirm Press Mentorship Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. It was also longlisted for the Stella Prize.
“Paula has polished the wisdom of witness. She met me precisely where I was at each turn, holding my book, and me as a writer, with both gentleness and strength. She is at once playful and profound in her feedback and inquiry, allowing for multiple voices to emerge in their own way and time. Above all, Paula was deeply gracious in our work together. And who among us doesn’t need all the grace we can get?” mk nelson