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Bali Trip Overview

Sam Wilding gives an overview of his author visit to Bali. He tells us about the situation in the more remote parts of the island and sets his objectives for the visit. He linked up with two schools in Scotland prior to his visit – Christie Park Primary School in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire; and Braehead Primary School in Aberdeen. Both schools produced cross-cultural material so Sam could take this with him. He will update his channels as often as he can between the 17th and 29th of May. 

Schools can follow his travels and answer challenge questions along the way via GLOW.

Sam is working with the East Bali Poverty Project and will visit six newly constructed schools. He will talk to the children about reading and writing, as ‘Education’ is now a main priority. He will storyboard a picture book for the children in Bali around sanitation and nutrition. He will also raise awareness here in Scotland about the great work of the East Bali Poverty Project and facilitate a sharing of culture between the two sets of children in Scotland and in Bali.

Some pictures of Tuesday’s visit to Braehead Primary. 




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Started the podcasting process this week. Wasn’t as easy as I thought. My first attempt had 32 ‘um’s , so wrote a script and used a condenser mike straight into garage band. Wrote a wee intro snippet and then went for it. Used Podomatic to upload the cast onto iTunes. Phew.


As the last of my holidays for the summer comes to an end, I seem to be heading into busy times. I have an exciting book festival coming up in October – The Encounters Festival. This is based in and around the Lanark library network and sounds as if it will have some great attractions. I’ll post the link to the festival brochure below. I’m performing all three of my workshops, so will have the guitar handy and will work with children from 3 to about 13. I hope to have the first copies of my new fantasy book – TALISMAN, handy on the day. This will kick off a new seven book series with Strident Publishing.

It’s also getting busy on the Olida front. There, my publisher – Allan Sneddon, is putting together the trip of a lifetime. Still waiting on word of final funding but it looks as though my picture books for younger kids – The Tiffy Toffy series, may be involved in teaching children in the Balinese Highlands. A Scottish Highlander helping Balinese Highlanders. That would be nice. Although, I’m not sure I qualify as a Highlander, being born in Helensburgh, which is right on the fault line. More on that trip soon, but it looks like a long haul for a very good cause.

Back to Split in Croatia, where the Adriatic Sea is as clear as a bell and Ancient Rome is very much at your fingertips. There are so many great sites there, where you can touch and feel everything as it was. Not barriers or guards. You can talk to centurions and trace your fingers over the very pillars the Emperor Diocletian. Faced with military problems he decided in 286 to divide the Roman Empire between himself in the east and Maximian in the west; he initiated the last persecution of the Christians in 303 (245-313). Nasty.

Off to the island of Skye tomorrow…


34 degrees in Glasgow and my agent is talking about going to Bali in 2015 to work with kids and books out there. And why not? There are some great things happening over there that incorporate agriculture, reading and cross country collaboration. More news soon. Also busy finishing Talisman, book 1 of the Denthan series – a fantasy filled frolic in a dragon-filled land, where mums and dads are worlds apart and there’s a whole planet to save. Release date may be October.



Inclement weather aside, this ‘part of Spain’ is a complete revelation. Green fields, sandy beaches and amazing food. All very good for my creative juices, dear Publisher. With the new Eden Seed out this month my mind has been deep in marketing mode. Where do I start? Is this all down to me or does my publisher step up too? Do I need an agent? Can I ever get an Agent? What are the best tips out there for marketing a book, indie or not?
Eden Seed is out under my more adult nom de plume – Damian Peck and is available in Hardback, trade paper back, b format mass market paperback and ebook. This Month! W H Smith have ordered a heap through the publisher for the airport market and he ‘s set up a library tour and a Waterstones tour where I will play some rocking acoustic guitar as well as chat about the book. Watch this space for dates. Speaking of which, it’s time for desayuno here in San Sebastian.




The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick, chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of Slemish Hill.

I passed the hill today, a mini Ayers Rock, which juts out of the flat fields like a lonely tooth.

Captured by pirates, St Patrick was a shepherd / slave in and around this hill for six years until he escaped to spread the word of the gospel.



Cushendall village is the meeting point of three glens: Glenann, Glenballylemon and Glencorp. Perched on the north-eastern coast of Northern Ireland, this was once a sword producing town that made the best of the best.

Star of ‘Rob-Roy MacGregor’, swashbuckling Liam Neeson has a wee home here and often frequents the local pubs. Great choice, Liam.

I spent some time here and then toured the coast seeing some great schools along the way. I loved the everchanging, tumbling skies and the dark, ominous cliffs.

Like, Liam, I may venture into the world of Science Fiction soon. Watch this ‘space’, so to speak…




Lots going on just now. Just had a great night with some old rock pals from the 80s and 90s. Hamie from the band Heavy Pettin and Neil and Davie from the band Glasgow , my regular drummer and pal Craig, Deke – renowned sax player, belt it oot Barsy, Allan Russell, George Douglas and myself played a one-off gig under the name Last Waltz in Glasgow this week. A great time was had by all and we had the joint jumpin’. I also played an acoustic set at The Loch Lomond National Park Centre where I got to go solo for once.

Bookwise, there are a few dates coming up, including a slot as the keynote speaker for St Columba’s Junior School prize-giving. I get to give out the prizes this year and meet some very talented children.
Going forward, book one of the newly re-written Denthan Series is coming along nicely and should be out with Strident Publishing in September.
The Black and White Boy was released on eBook in May and is ticking along nicely. Here’s a wee summary – the ‘book book’ will be released by Neetah Books in October.

is an adventure story that tackles racism from a different angle. ‘A boy with dark skin had to be thick-skinned in the 70s, and when Sunny Wilson survives a horrible accident he soon realises that the racist taunts and bullying from his classmates are the least of his worries.’ Sam Wilding yet again explores a tricky subject through a delightful and often funny adventure story. You really get a sense of the 70s in Scotland, yet the book is still very relevant today. A great read that any kid would enjoy and a superb way for children to explore a very tricky topic, no matter where they live.

I also released a single called AN INDEPENDENT LAND, specially recorded to support the new book by Alexander Tait called MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD.

Off to Northern Spain at the end of the month where I’ll put the final touches to a new Thriller/Rom-Com/knockabout called DEAD DOG BEACH. It’s based round the premiss that marriage has an expiry date and features a rock and roll has-been who gets drawn into a world of gangsters and mafia hit men in the search for his estranged wife. Funny and Violent, so not for my younger audience. It will be released under my Damian Peck pseudonym.

The music is on iTunes and the books are on ibooks and all the other usual sites.




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Interview with Sam Wilding
Describe your desk

I don’t really have one. I write everywhere and anywhere. I like to write in the early morning. My desk? I suppose i do have one in my study but it has recording equipment on it and an old pewter mug that I got for my 21st birthday.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up near Loch Lomond, at the edge of the Highlands but not far from Glasgow. A mixture of beauty and gritty Glaswegian sectarianism. It was fun, dangerous and never boring.

When did you first start writing?

I began writing around 10 years ago, when I was a very young 43. Although, I had written songs back in my teens when I toured with various rock bands.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

I’m a very impatient man. I can’t…

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