Monday, 29 February 2016


Book Week is HERE! (click for costume ideas)

A cracking start with a couple of workshops with year 3 at Corpus Christi School in Brixton, where the kids knew the answers to all my usually foxing London Calls questions...although they couldn't quite figure out how I have tea with the Queen every day...

On Thursday 3rd March we're visiting Tidemill Academy in Deptford and have the huge honour of being the Author/Illustrator VIPeeps spending the WHOLE OF BOOK DAY at the school, on tap for every literary and/or artistic question or dilhemma imaginable and a 'whole' load of drawing, writing and illustrating fun! So flick those imagination switches to 'on' and hold tight for some exciting storytelling adventures...

And next week I'm off to a couple of schools in Canvey Island, Essex for the next chapter, so to speak. Alex and I were very honoured to be invited to take part in this year's POP UP festival. I'll be visiting 2 schools, reading A Possum's Tail and London Calls and running some workshops based around the books, hoping to inspire, engage and delight...

Pop Up’s Vision and Values

"Our vision is of a more literate, creative society where reading and writing is

valued, enjoyed, celebrated. We are passionate about ensuring children from all

walks of life access the magic of children’s books and their authors, and about

giving children and families the tools to tell their own stories. As such, we are

dedicated to nurturing the storytellers of tomorrow by fostering a lifelong love of

literature, stories and story­making ­ especially in disadvantaged, deprived or

isolated communities ­ and much of our work involves author­led participatory

processes which have the power to transform lives. At the heart of everything

we do is the conviction that by facilitating pleasurable encounters with literature

we can ignite imaginations, inspire future readers and writers, and build more

literate communities."


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