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Paul Murdoch

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Contact: paulmurdoch1@gmail.com
Local authority: West Dunbartonshire
Languages: English
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Paul Murdoch, born the son of slater in 1961, began performing on stage at the age of eight, and since his teens has played live music all over the world. His first book was published in 2008 and he has gone on to produce a further six novels and five picture books.

The first three novels in his first series - The Peck Chronicles are Talisman, Citadel and Tyrant, all published by Strident. Paul went on to write the children's eco-thriller Windscape, which was nominated for the Grampian Children's Book Award. The follow up, The Egg Thief, was released in 2017. 

Paul released his latest children’s novel Sunny during Aye Write! in 2018. It has been described as "a fast-moving crime thriller for school pupils aimed at tackling Scotland’s sectarianism and racism" in The Scotsman. His new book Old Bloke Goes Running is a new genre for Paul - a comical, irreverent look at getting fit in your fifties. Paul also penned the Tiffy Toffy picture books, which have been used by UNICEF and other charities all over the world to teach English and to help younger children with counting.

Paul has over twelve years experience of author visits, not just in the UK, but all over the world - with hundreds of schools, libraries, specialist groups and festivals attended, he has seen over 30,000 children in that time.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Animals; Coasts, seas & oceans; Crime fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Gender equality; Human rights; Island communities; Music; Nature; Picture books; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+