I'm Paul Bristow. I write mostly children's fiction, folk tales and comics, sometimes all at once. I live in Greenock, Scotland. My first children's book The Superpower Project was shortlisted for the Floris Books Kelpies prize 2014 and published in 2016. I have also been published in literary magazines such as 404 Ink.
As part of heritage group Magic Torch, I've written folktales and ghost stories which celebrate the more unusual history of the West of Scotland and beyond. I also run Magic Torch Comics CIC, a social enterprise which encourages the use of comics in classroom and community activities.
I have worked for Scottish Book Trust as a digital storyteller in residence for Inverclyde Libraries and have been a comic writer in residence for a number of school projects. While I enjoy creating and sharing my own stories, I enjoy helping people of all ages find the confidence to tell their stories.
I'm available to do readings and talks on my books and the writing experience. I work regularly with primary schools to help classes create stories and comics based on their own characters, with projects exploring everything from issues around bullying to Gaelic language superheroes.