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Paul Murdoch

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Argyll and Bute
Languages: English
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Paul’s most recent book, The Magic Scales, is a fantasy adventure featuring an asthmatic boy, James Peck. The book is ideal for 9 to 12 years.  

Paul has an engaging imagineering workshop for schools that features the creatures in The Magic Scales.

Paul’s nature and well-being books look at the history and wildlife in an area through a series of walks. The ‘Nature’ of West Dunbartonshire was released in August 2022. His talks on nature and well-being are very popular.

Paul went on to write the children's eco-thriller Windscape, which was nominated for the Grampian Children's Book Award.

Paul often talks to schools about environmental issues and discusses global warming and its possible effects. Paul’s next book, Sunny, was described as "a fast-moving adventure for children, aimed at tackling Scotland’s sectarianism and racism" by The Scotsman.

His fitness books - Old Bloke Goes Running and Old Bloke Goes Swimming – offer an irreverent look at getting fit in later life. ‘Hilarious!’ - The Scottish Sun. He presents on this too. Paul has over eighteen 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 talked to more than 45,000 children in that time.

Paul has PVG Disclosure and, for author events, public liability insurance.

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+