Wednesday, 25 February 2015


The fabulous Bus King Theatre finally has a website!

Take a look at this magical puppet theatre on a converted old London Routemaster bus…

New performances of London Calls planned for 2015...


Tuesday, 24 February 2015


Ahhhh, my favourite song of the day…
Must be the trumpets, Lux Lisbon

Friday, 20 February 2015


Tales on Moon Lane bookshop display

Bit nervous this morning as no Alex to charm and delight the kids with his wonderful drawings, stylish threads and lovely self…

However, my daughter baked some utterly delicious cookies instead:
"Mum", she said, "Trust me. The best talks have a treat at the end!"
"But we've got Activity Sheets…" I muttered.
"You can't eat those…" she said
She was right, of course.

The kids were fantastic and ranged from babes in arms up to 12 year olds: the bookshop was packed. They knew their stuff, too…
We even learnt a fact about Nelson's column: did you know that it's the length of his ship?

Some inspired drawings of bus passengers included:
1. A giraffe so tall his head poked out of a hole in the roof, who sported an umbrella similar to Granny Rose's
2. A carrot, dog & cat
3. Someone's dad
4. A bus driver with both hands on the wheel (excellent health & safety)
5. A rabbit that struck more than a passing resemblance to an alien
6. A tiny weeny magic door…
7. Some brilliant self-portraits

London Calls magic bus! Engine! Police!

Thrilled with the super-size illustrations from The London Print Studio - just a bit stressful sticking them onto foam board and then cutting round them...Large stickers = bubbles and scary creases if you're not careful (which of course I was…)

BIG blow-up foam board-mounted London Calls stickers!

THANK YOU inimitable Tales on Moon Lane!


The London Print Studio was a revelation! Alex has just been in a group illustrators exhibition there with some other hugely talented illustrators including Okido's beautiful Rachel "Messy" Ortas, award-winning Frann Preston-Gannon and the fabulous Maggie Li.

Saturday, 14 February 2015


Look what dropped through the letterbox and onto the doormat yesterday…

Learn about Lunar moths, finger-pickin' Aye-Ayes, teeny-weeny chameleons and haunted islands in the Mega-Madagascan Issue of ECO KIDS PLANET now available from newsagents including WHSmith nationwide!


This is a really great way to get young kids engaged with their planet by learning about the most amazing and extraordinary animals you didn't even know existed…8 pages of fun activities, too!

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:


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 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