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Philip Paris

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English
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My debut novel, The Italian Chapel, was published in 2009 following years of research into Orkney’s famous WW2 chapel. The second book I wrote was a non-fiction - Orkney’s Italian Chapel: The True Story of an Icon - which became the recognised reference book for the building’s history.

My work is varied. Men Cry Alone, a controversial novel about domestic abuse against men, won the 2019 Scottish Association of Writers’ Barbara Hammond trophy for a self-published book. I love to inject humour into my writing, as seen in my memoir Nylon Kid of the North, and Casting Off: a novel about residents in a Highland care home who get up to some hilarious antics when new owners increase fees. 

As a writer I’m really excited when I find an important historical event that no-one has written about in the form of a novel. This was the inspiration behind The Italian Chapel and also Effie’s War, which is based on a mass evacuation in the Highlands during November, 1943.

For the last few years I’ve been researching the Scottish witchcraft trials and I am very keen to shine a light on this complex and fascinating subject.

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

Panel event; Reading; Talk

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Historical fiction; Violence & abuse; World War 2

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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