Monday, 20 October 2014


SAVE THE DATE! for a wedding
Latest commission: "SAVE THE DATE" - a cheeky 'adaptation' of an image seen on a tray, as requested by patron. No idea who the original artist is.

Hmm, perhaps I should have been a forger? I'm good at copying things, though I say it myself.

My dad's godfather - 'A' - was a forger of famous paintings - he earned a good living from it. Forgeries for insurance purposes, museums and galleries, films and television etc. He lived in a tenement building in Soho, in a flat with no water or electricity. It was marvellous in retrospect, but at the time - bearing in mind I was about 10/11 years old when I visited him there with my parents and already showing signs of the A.D.H.D to come  - I thought it was quite alarmingly grubby, cold and dingy. No doubt that building was raised many decades ago and luxury apartments stand there now.

How different Soho is these days. Gone (most of) the sex shops and violin menders; the winos/famous photographers/artists and actors, the barrow-boys and traders and all the lost souls Soho gathered into a box of earthly delights...

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