Thursday, 20 September 2018

'My New Bike' poem...

Then there was this...

My New Bike poem for OKIDO 64 illustrated by Lesley Barnes

It's been too long...busy summer and lots happening this autumn...

There are the bumper August/September issues of Okido magazine (all about CYCLING) and Eco Kids Planet (all about our MILKY WAY) with loads of stuff to read, make, do, cook, collect, spot and learn...


There are the bumper August/September issues of Okido magazine (all about CYCLING) and Eco Kids Planet (all about our MILKY WAY) with loads of stuff to read, make, do, cook, collect, spot and learn...

Check out the fantastic new OKIDO website, while you're at it. Loads of super-exciting sciency stuff going on! AND the NEW SERIES of MESSY GOES TO OKIDO coming to your small screens very sooooon... (mid-October 2018).

I've been doing The House of Illustration 1" x 1" Daily Drawing Challenge, inspired by #JohnVernonLord. (See sheet below)

You can follow my daily posts of creepy-crawlies here: INSTAGRAM

And sticking with bugs and mini-beasts, the next awesome issue of Eco Kids Planet magazine is all about invertebrate critters of the creepy-crawly kind - it's another cracker, and did I enjoy writing for it? I most certainly did! There are even a few cartoons and rhyming riddles by me in this one, as well as 'serious fact-packed articles'...

THE GROWING SHEET OF INSECTS for the House of Illustration daily inch drawing challenge, September 2018
#bugs #creepycrawlies #minibeasts #houseofillustration #instagram #twitter #oneinchsquarechallenge #minidrawings #thirtydrawingsinspetember #ecokidsplanetmagazine #okidomagazine #childrensmagazines #messygoestookido #cycling #oursolarsystem #theuniverse #sun #moon
#planets #milkyway

FINALLY.... Alex Barrow Illustrator and I had the most fantastic school visit to Dundonald Primary, in Wimbledon last week. Not only were the kids absolutely brilliant, but we met legendary children and YA poet and playwrite Joseph Coelho Not only did Joseph make the kids roar with laughter and engage with poetry like I've never seen before, but he totally entertained the adults, too. (What a great guy!) Still got to pick up my signed copy of his book: How to Write Poems 

Here we are! Lucky me, framed by Alex Barrow and Joseph Coelho. 
#josephcoelho #poetry #YApoetry

And as we're on poetry and spoken word, finally finally, this:
Kate Tempest brings the house down with her awesomeness
In the intimate, sticky, sweaty interior of famous music venue the Windmill Pub , Brixton, Kate Tempest the beautiful, fragile, powerful, political, enlightened, child-like, wise and awesome force of nature and spoken word performer that she is, blew the roof off with material for her new album(ending with the tear-inducing 'People's Faces') An absolutely stunning (literally) set with music by collaborator Dan. One woman reduced to a sobbing wreck at the end... Beautiful, vulnerable, breathless.

#KateTempest #windmillpub #livemusic #spokenword #livepoetry #runninguponthewires #peoplesfaces

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