Paul Brown was born in South London when a lot of it was still a bombsite. He ran Transgravity Press in the 1960s and early 70s, followed later by Actual Size Press. He took part in Fluxshoe events in 1972/3, and edited the short-lived periodical Other Times. Since 1995 he has been living and working in Brighton, where he runs the Studio Bookshop.
A Cabin in the Mountains, which spans Paul Brown's poetry from the 1980s to the early 1990s, is his third major collection, following Meetings and Pursuits (1978) and Masker (1982), and comprises six poem sequences.