Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Hey, CONGRATULATIONS TO BOYHOOD for such fantastic awards recognition! (January 2015)

Still thinking about this beautiful, gentle, lyrical, engaging, funny film that makes you feel that everything will be ok. Quite rare in a movie these days. But then this is a rare film. 12 years in the making, with the same actors filmed for a week each year. Could have been a one-trick pony but instead captured something very special and extraordinary. Long? Yes, but I didn't want it to end...


And still haunted by its "Song for the Summer" theme song: Hero by Family of the Year.

Sunday, 20 July 2014


The #holiday edition of #okido magazine
(Plus board GAME- so you need never be 'bored' again…haha)

and one more time for the colourblind…

The #holiday edition of #okido magazine
(Plus board GAME- so you need never be 'bored' again…haha)


Some of the excellent graffiti from #urbanartfair

Balloons in Moon Lane

Last weekend I got to work making papier mâché balloons to replace the real, helium-filled balloons in the window of beautiful Tales on Moon Lane bookshop because of course, helium-filled balloons deflate and fall after a couple of days.
Making them was a bit fraught (not interesting enough to go into details) but hanging them in the heat, in a confined space, also proved quite tricky. But hey, they looked FAB.  

Tales on Moon Lane in the sunshine
Looking good...
I returned an hour later, and three had fallen and split.
But it was hot and I was in a hurry, so here's the thing; Samuel Drew is now holding two balloons, and a blue balloon has quite intentionally floated down to the bottom of the display.

Just hope the 3 remaining suspended balloons stay up...

Saturday, 12 July 2014

#urbanart fair

The beginning….will post more developments.

Friday, 11 July 2014

URBAN ART is back in town…
This weekend 12th-13th July

Our personal fave artists are Martin Grover and Kerry Eggleton

Backstabbers by Martin Grover

The Wolf and the Fox by Kerry Eggleton

It's urban art so it's got #graffiti, innit?

Last years's graffiti about to be replaced. 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Possums hit Moon Lane

Magical & marvellous Tales on Moon Lane has been Possum-ised…
Well, the perfectly bijoux side-window has, anyway. It looks just perfectly-possummy next to the fine-and-dandy, London-themed main window!


…Sam, dog-on-wheels, possums, so many possums….

…& bunting!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Getting ready to decorate side window in the magical children's bookshop in Herne Hill Tales on Moon Lane We'll have the space for a good month over the Summer - until Half Moon Lane is sick of possums….!!

The Possums are coming….
…to a window near you!
NOW That's what I call WALLPAPER!

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