Monday, 24 November 2014


We had a wonderful week of workshops in schools as part of the fantastic South Ken Kids Festival, now into its seventeenth year! 

At the weekend line-up, the Drawing Duos were particularly wonderful; the likes of Benji Davies & exquisite French illustrator Delphine Perret drawing to jazzzzzz was poetry in motion…Inimitable Quentin Blake (he's just good enough to eat) enthralled and entertained while Michael Rosen charmed and delighted his audience, young and old alike. Kids learned to draw like 'Gruffalo" Axel Shaffler and have I mentioned Mini Grey, Judith Kerr and Satoshi Kitamura were also there, along with some of the brightest and best of young French and UK illustrators…I'm including our very own Alex Barrow!
Okido magazine was also there, running a smashing, Okido-esque workshop of fun and frolics.
What a week that was!!

London landmarks; Big Ben & bicycles
Beautifully colour-in red bus, plus passengers!

Fabulously colourful Granny Rose & Little Pearl
A bat, an alien, a sausage - excellent bus passengers!

South Ken Kids Festival 2014
Signing books after our workshop at the South Ken Kids Festival

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