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'm a big fan of local heritage and have campaigned for community use of local buildings, including the iconic Greenock Sugar Sheds. I'm lucky enough that as part of my day job for Inverclyde Community Development Trust, I get to manage the oldest building in town, The Dutch Gable House, which I'm reliably informed is properly haunted.

As part of heritage group Magic Torch, 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. You can read about our current projects over on the Tales of the Oak blog.

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, over on Facebook, 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.