Wednesday, 29 May 2013

This should be awesome. 

Malphino is a band that plays a heady mix of Latin American music - from Brazilian Forró to Colombian Cumbia via a variety of tropical rhythms and a nod of the hat to Italian film score. While based in London, members of Malphino hail from all corners of the world (including Japan, Malaysia, Réunion island and the Philippines).

On Sunday 2nd June 2013, go see them at:
Tour de Force Studio,
6 Well Street, 
London E9 7JA


• 1pm - Doors opens - Aperitif: Bread and Malphino Grits

• 2pm - Main Course served - Malphino Coconut Chicken Stew - £4, Rice and Tropical Salad 

• 2:15pm - Marimba – G Bop

• 3:00 pm - MALPHINO 

• 4:30 pm till late - DJ Doug Shipton (Finders Keepers)

TROPICAL BAR offering refreshments: Cold Beers - Rum Cocktails - Ginger Ales

Free entry / Kids and pets welcome / For more details go to:

RSVP for food:

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Here is Geoffrey, a Steiff hedgehog toy purchased for 2 Euros a couple of years ago in a French market. He reminded me of my childhood, when I used to adore playing with my friend's Steiff hedgehog family; Micki, Mecki, Mucki and the other one. My nephew named this one Geoffrey and he is much-loved by the family for his gentle expression and twinkling eyes. But he was lonely; he needed a partner, a wife - another half to share his life with.

So we found this lovely on Ebay; a bargain, so we thought, at £10...
She arrived and with much excitement, we opened the carefully wrapped box...

Geoffrey got rather more than he'd bargained for.

It just goes to show that mail order brides are not always exactly what's expected.
Having said that, Geoffrey has never been happier - and Olga hasn't had to use her wooden spoon on him...


BACKGROUND information...

My first picture book - called A Possum's Tail - is a collaboration with brilliant illustrator Alex Barrow and came out 6th February 2014. A second book called London Calls! is a whistle-stop tour of London, led by a Pearly grandma and her granddaughter. London Calls! came out on 4th September 2014 and is my second book with Alex Barrow. A Possum's Tail was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Both books are by Tate Publishing.

Please see my CURRICULUM VITAE for more details & updates.

As well as writing children's books, for children's television and two award-winning children's magazines, I do both private and commercial art commissions, a selection of which you can see here.

The children's shoes are part of an ongoing series of "first shoes", including several cards commissioned by the Almanac Gallery.

Hand-drawn, bespoke invitations, announcements, portraits and menus, such as the examples here are also available upon request..

Any enquiries please email:


I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY (WOW) beautiful Okido!

An Okido animated kids tv show, based on characters from the magazine is currently in production with Doodle/Squintopera The original adaptation of the show (co-created/adapted by myself, producer Ceri Barnes and Doodle Productions) was acquired by CBeebies. 52 x 11 minute episodes will be coming to a screen near you soon in 2015.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
N E W S F L A S H! MESSY GOES TO OKIDO Series TWO is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!



Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

Happy Birthday OKIDO!
Okido was 5 years old this issue...the wonderful art and science magazine for kids I've been lucky enough to have worked on for the past - 8 - years now