Thursday, 23 April 2015

Monday, 20 April 2015


The humble half successfully completed…
Many folk shouted out: "Great Charity!" as I wheezed past, and just like last year, a fellow runner mentioned she'd recently run for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of a friend who had died aged 31. 

I feel sure a cheeky little angel was watching me again, as I beat my time last year by a good 12 minutes…

Thinking always, of our friends and their beautiful boy.

Before the run - so perky...

Find out about Silas here...
It's never too late to boost the total

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


What a lovely review! It's quite wonderful when a reviewer spots details and talk about things you've aimed to do and effects you've hoped to have.

And one of the reader's comments at the bottom has even picked up on the font used for the text - which of course was a deliberate choice that rather a lot of thought went into…

Hugely satisfying!

Big thank you to Globalmouse, whoever you are…

Read the full review here: We like to read - "London Calls!"


An email from The Art Teacher...

And then we received this later on today:

Dear Gabby and Alex -

Thanks so much to both of you for yesterday. It was really fun to have you there and a great success, the kids really enjoyed it and are most inspired.
I had lunch with some of Y1 today who were chatting about you both. F expanded on his image outside the bus "I just wanted to climb over the top and hang off the back". M plonked her tray down next to me and said "Gabby writes the words and Mr Alex does the drawings, which are called illustrations".
I have never heard her say anything so coherent, ever!

Very best

Now that there is magic!

Peckham Park School/Harris Primary Academy

We visited Harris Academy Primary in Peckham yesterday to run a couple of London Calls workshops. 

They have their very own light-filled art room - EVERY Primary school should have one of these - and a wonderful art teacher - every primary school should have one of these, too! The kids were brilliant and as ever, the magical buses they filled with passengers were fascinating…we had Peter Pan driving one of them this time, as well as a selection of superheroes, Ninja Turtles, friends, family, the obligatory carrot, a renegade on the roof (see pic)  and lots and lots of friendly ghosts! 

Thank you Peckham Park School x 

Friday, 10 April 2015


Only 9 days to go before I'll be running the second half of the marathon I ran last year in memory of a  wonderful little boy. Help raise awareness and desperately-needed funds for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Have a read…

Gabby's Just Giving page

Song for Silas

Please watch this. It's not easy but very much worth it. 

After a good double meeting, it's always nice to spot a bit of merchandise…
London Calls! Tees, bags, sketchbooks and framed prints
 Oh, and a stack of Possum books keeping excellent company, too!
A Possum's Tail in Tate Britain shop
Where to buy?
Take a look here: TATESHOP

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