Monday, 24 April 2017

If I had a a finalist in the Teach Early Years Magazine Excellence Awards

Well this is rather nice - thank you TeachEarlyYears 

Some really excellent resources in the line-up - good luck to us all - but just great to be in the final group of five!


Monday, 17 April 2017

Here's another poem from read by Becky for Messy goes to Okido Storytime!

Brilliant Becky reads another of my poems called, Noisy Machines from Okido magazine issue 29 illustrated by talented Maggie Li and charmingly animated by the team!

This new series is great - check out the Messy goes to Okido YouTube channel for more, including clips, episodes, songs and activities from the hit CBeebies show! 
(MGTO series two on its way...)


Monday, 3 April 2017


This is SO cool! I'm really excited to have one of my Okido magazine poems feature on this new Messy Goes to Okido YouTube Storytime slot. Four Little Seeds, from issue 35 (Seasons), is read by the gorgeous Becky, who is not only a brilliant animator/illustrator, but should also seriosuly be considering a second job as a children's television presenter...

And I love the way Alex Barrow's lively illustrations have been slightly animated!


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