Sunday, 27 October 2013

A different kind of Wild Walker...

Just been to see this clever-without-being-smug, moving-without-being-sentimental and utterly- engaging-while-still-hilarious film that aims to get kids to go outside and enjoy nature by - if nothing else - raising awareness that the Great Outdoors is not only good for you but really great fun!
So much to think about - loved every minute of it - didn't want it to end...
Check out the website for more info here: PROJECT WILD THING

Thursday, 17 October 2013

"A small step for man (sic) a giant leap for mankind..."

Yes, the new OKIDO space issue has landed...

Tuesday, 15 October 2013


"...I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption 
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway 
And more, much more than this, I did it my way..." 

It's finally over and - SPOILER ALERT - never was so much invested for such rich reward.

The joyful relief of seeing Jesse free; that broken, beautiful, moral compass and the final release and redemption of Walter White. Walt, rooted for, loved, respected, hated, despised and finally, finally surely had to be admired once again, if only for his sheer chemical genius, resilience, brilliant planning capacity and ultimate honesty. 

I will miss them yet don't want to see them again any time soon....the goodbye was too perfect.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

This is an extraordinary and magical book by illustrator Charlie Sutcliffe. The artwork is surreal and almost hypnotic at times, full of obscure references and hidden treasures. There is a strong sense of almost-past or of the world seen through a looking glass. It just might be the book your child doesn't want to put down...and surely Spinglefranks will be entering the dictionary of folklore soon?

I'm proud to say I was asked by Tate to do some work on the text, which I hope helped to give it a shape and rhythm that only enhanced the fabulous graphics. So good luck Charlie - and looking forward to seeing the further adventures of Zubert sometime soonish..!

Get your copy here: TATE

And read a great review here: A LITTLE BIRD

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