Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Lest We Forget (of what we are capable).

Yesterday, I read both a simple and very beautiful poem by Michael Rosen about the Holocaust, and a powerful, compelling article by Hugo Rifkind. 

I posted the article on Facebook where it has received no response apart from one friend. 

I find it quite strange that there has been so little on my home page about Holocaust Memorial Day, apart from the several Guardian articles. Perhaps we're a bit too used to it, perhaps FB is a place that people prefer to share proud/happy photographs.  But there was such a huge outpouring in response to the Charlie Hebdo killings that I find it almost alarming that people aren't marking this day in some way, even with a small comment or thought.

So if you've come across this, you can read the poem here: What is Racism?

And the article here: Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

The most notable point Rifkind makes is that this is specifically part of European culture; and he makes it immediate, tangible, asking us to imagine being there - what would we have done? Would we have done anything differently? This is a responsibility and a memory that is part of us all and absolutely we must not forget it. 

Lest We Forget (of what we are capable).

Monday, 26 January 2015


Okido issue 33 is hot off the press & should be winging its way to subscribers and stockists as I type…

It's all about "ME" - that's "YOU, ME & EVERYONE!"

(& it's another cracker)

Sunday, 18 January 2015


There are a whole new wave of independent magazines for kids out there! 

If you haven't yet discovered #ecokidsplanet - for kids who love amazing animals and nature and hey, this whole, fantastic planet we live on - take a look at the latest issue. 

It's all about the Great Barrier Reef...

Friday, 16 January 2015

Magpie That blog...

What a gorgeous picturebook blog - discovered beautiful spreads from London Calls! in there…

Click on Magpie That to explore the blog...

Tuesday, 13 January 2015


Another stunning song.
Another stunning video.

Dance dance dance...

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Elastic Heart

Intense, unsettling, exquisite song & video.

Elastic Heart by Sia

Mainly thinking: "I wish I could dance like this"

Friday, 9 January 2015

"Fanaticism is the monster that pretends to be the child of religion" Voltaire


"You will find that the pen is a mightier knife
And that power lies all in the mind."

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 AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE or 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: gabbydawnay@gmail.com


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 http://www.doodle-productions.com. 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 has now finished production, and will be coming to your screens S O O N ...! (Autumn 2018, to be exact)



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