Paul Murdoch writes adventure novels for children 9-12. He has visited schools all over the world and is recently back from a cross-cultural visit to Indonesia. His latest book - Talisman - is the first in a seven-part fantasy adventure set in Scotland and in the magical world of Denthan. "Talisman is a story of determination, courage and family. So fast paced that your heart will pound long after you turn the final page." Paul also wrote the children's eco-thriller - Windscape under the pen-name Sam Wilding, which was nominated for the Grampian Children's Book Award. His school visits are very interactive, cross-cultural and cross-curricular.
About writer's work
Pre-school, nurseries and play groups: ages 3 plus
Primary Schools: P1 – P7, Comprehensive, Private, Steiner…
Secondary Schools: S1 – S6, Comprehensive, Private, and Steiner…
Bereaved Children’s Groups: ages 4 - 14
Special Needs and Access Schools – Children with emotional and behavioural issues
Taking a music class where he draws on his previous experience as a rock musician
Festivals and Special Events – Wigtown Book Festival, Aberdeen Storytelling Festival, Borders Book Festival, The Encounters Festival, The New Lanark Schools Book Festival…
Creative Writing Groups - Adult and Children
Library Visits all over the UK and beyond
International Cross-Cultural work between schools in Bali and Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government.
Working with Charities – Asthma UK, UNICEF, The Heroes Centre, East Bali Poverty Project
Government Organisations - Education Scotland, Local Authorities...
Keynote Speeches, Assembly Presentations, Prize giving’s
Special School Projects - Environmental Projects around the Eco-Thriller set in the Highlands - WINDSCAPE
Book Shop Events - WHSmith, Waterstones and many independent stores
Teacher and Company Presentations - Conference syndicate work, project planning, presentations etc.
"A huge number of parents have contacted me over the course of the last 2 months to tell me how fabulous they thought Prize Giving was last session, something they feel was a direct result of your speech...Thank you for inspiring my children - all 360 of them!" - Mrs Alison Duncan, Head of Junior School - St Columba's School, Kilmacolm
"I have been greatly heartened by the children's response and enthusiasm. They were clearly motivated and inspired by what you had to say. It is wonderful to be part of the ensuing energy and creativity!!" - Maureen McNaughton - Head Teacher - St. Joseph's Primary School - Whitburn.
"Parents have been SO positive about your visit and have let me know just how motivating and exciting the children found the experience. It was great to have them coming into school throughout the week and to hear such enthusiasm." - Head - Gartocharn Primary School.
"Thank you very much for your fantastic workshops for Primary 4,5,6 and 7. The children thoroughly enjoyed them. Every time I popped my head round the door they were hanging on your every word. They are still buzzing about you and your books today. It's great to direct children to books and literature." Yvonne Sharp - Head of Cardross Primary School
"You certainly engaged the pupils and involved them in a positive and creative way. I hope this was the first of many visits with our festival." Hester Beattie-Curricular Support and Development (Aberdeen Storytelling Festival)
"The class were enthralled throughout the event. Enthusiasm was sparked and they were raving to write their own stories, which were very good." Stoneywood Primary School, Aberdeen.
“Having attended a session with Paul, I can vouch for how enthralled the children were throughout. He really fired their imagination and the exercises he conducted were both educational and, more importantly, fun! And for us a charity, the message that having asthma need not be a barrier to living a full, healthy and adventurous lifestyle is one we are keen to promote at every opportunity.” Gordon Brown, Director, Asthma UK Scotland.
"The workshop was an excellent learning experience; the pupils were absolutely spellbound." S. Mowatt - Primary 7 Teacher, Ladyton Primary School, Alexandria
“Paul Murdoch (Sam Wilding) was absolutely brilliant, pupils and staff enthralled by him, big range too from P4 to S1 but he held attention of all of them the whole time. Loved the activity part of it too.” (80 pupils) - Head`Librarian - Castlebay, Barra.
Websites featuring the authorPaul MurdochSam Wilding
Current events and projects
Recently back from a school assignment in Bali, he has a new workshop called – A WINDOW ON ANOTHER WORLD, which looks at his visit to schools in the jungles of Indonesia, but also delves into the crazy, fantasy world of TALISMAN. Children from 8 upwards will learn, first-hand, about another culture and also get the chance to use their imagination, as Paul helps the class create monsters and write its own story.
Paul has worked with 100’s of schools all over the UK and Ireland. He has also performed school and library visits in Bali and Germany.
On top of this Paul has given keynote speeches at prize-giving events and at school assemblies.
Paul performs workshops with 20 - 50 children at a time where he explores their own creativity and ability to form stories using pictures, games and exercises. The three workshops/ presentations currently running are:
1. The 'Window on Another World' Workshop (P4-S3)
Children get to explore two new worlds - Bali and the fantasy world of TALISMAN. They get to design their own monster, run with their imagination and even make up their own fable. There is always time for questions. 50 mins
2. Windswept and Interesting (P4-S3)
This session explores Paul's journey to become a writer and examines the eco-thriller, WINDSCAPE and other new books. He encourages the children to lead the discussion and is happy to explore different aspects of writing and getting published. 50 mins
3. The Young Children's Workshop (P1-P3)
Using the Sam Wilding - Tiffy and Toffy picture books, children from 3-7 learn about wildlife and get to hear the stories first hand... This session is interactive with games, counting, catching, puppets, music and well-being. 50 mins
Paul is also a musician and has written songs for fitness companies, UNICEF, school plays and theatre groups.
Paul is a children’s ambassador for Asthma UK.