Paula grew up in Northeast England, where part of her graphic memoir, The Facts of Life (Myriad 2017), is set. She studied Graphic Design (BA), specialising in Illustration, at Bristol Polytechnic (UWE). She works from her home studio in Bristol as an illustrator and writer.
Her interest in autobiographical comics grew in the mid-noughties, and she has since self-published comics, including Spooky Womb and X-Utero, which have been stocked in Foyles London, Orbital Comics, and Blackwells at Wellcome Collection. She has coordinated pop-up Laydeez do Comics events in Bristol, and presented her work at Laydeez do Comics in London and Leeds, at two Graphic Medicine events, and the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival 2013. Her comics about miscarriage appeared in an academic journal, Configurations, from Johns Hopkins University Press, and she was also commissioned to produce work for Phoenix Project, a research project by University of Sheffield about cancer and relationships.
Paula has illustrated numerous children’s books and is the author of three picture books: It Takes Two to T’wit T’woo, Roble’s Rain Dance (Bonney Press, 2012) and The Lion Who Lost His Roar but Learnt to Draw (QED, 2014). Her very first published artwork appeared in Jackie magazine, in 1984, after she sent it to the letters page.
She posts comics and work in progress on her blog, www.paulaknight.wordpress.com, which has twice earned ‘blog of the week’ on Mumsnet Bloggers Network. In 2018, Paula recorded a presentation to Cardiff Book Talk on The Facts of Life, which was also shown at Fertility Fest.