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).
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 whistlestop 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.
As well as writing children's books and for children's television, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
OKIDO MAGAZINE AND TV
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 is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!