Hello!



I'm Paul Bristow, I write mostly childrens 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 also the Montegrappe / Scholastic Prize for New Childrens Writing. The book was published by Kelpies in February 2016. Really chuffed about that.

I run Magic Torch Comics CIC, which works with schools and community groups to tell stories using comics. We were named as one of The Big Issue's Top 100 Changemakers for 2020 for our comics literacy work.

In 2019, I was one of the Scottish Book Trust's Digital Storytellers in Residence, working with Inverclyde Libraries to collect and share stories from all across the community/

Over the years, I've written folktales, comics and ghost stories which celebrate the more unusual history of the West of Scotland and beyond. These include Wee Nasties, an illustrated book for 4-8 year olds, intended to introduce younger readers to local myths, and Tales of the Oak, a vintage horror comic for older readers. Both publications were supported by Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland.

Other than that, recurring classic themes here would be Wind in the Willows, War of the Worlds and Alice in Wonderland and winter. I've yet to mash all that together.

If you want to contact me about anything on this blog, or just generally, mon blether on twitter or in a slightly more formal way on linkedin.

I'm part of the Scottish Book Trust's excellent Live Literature scheme, and enjoy working with schools and community groups to promote reading. If you are interested in booking me for an event, you can find out more here.