Saturday, 29 June 2019


The astonishing evolution of whales, from

POEMS... POEMS... & more POEMS, FROM OKIDO MAGAZINE issues 65 - 73

The moth and the moon, Okido 73 Moon Landing illustration © Alex Barrow

A song for our planet, Okido 72 My Planet illustration © Alex Barrow

The COCK-A-DOODLE-CHOIR! Okido 71 On the Farm, illustration © Alex Barrow

We're going on a journey, Okido 69 Journeys, illustration © Alex Barrow

SENSES at the seaside, Okido 68 SENSES, illustration © Alex Barrow

Where's your habitat? Okido 67 Habitat, illustration © Daisy Hirst

Roller-coaster Round the Heart (from Roller-coaster Round the Body book, courtesy of Franklin Watts/Hachette)
Okido 66 BLOOD, illustration © Alex Barrow

THE DATA BUS for Okido 65 CODING, illustration © Alex Barrow

Friday, 28 June 2019

It's been a long, long time coming...but here's a new post at last!

Too much to catch-up on in detail, so in a nutshell:
TWO new books & two new paperback editions out between the last post and now!

  • Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body (published by franklin Watts/Hachette) out in paperback

A Song for Bear, published by Thames & Hudson AND...

  • Samuel Drew Hasn't a Clue, (prequel to A Possum's Tail) published by Tate Publishing

  • 8 new issues of Okido Magazine & Eco Kids Planet magazine, so 8 new poems plus over 30 new Eco articles... (SEE NEXT POST...)
  • BOOK WEEK March 2019 events in schools
  • The Big Dog Children's Literature Festival in Dumfries
  • Stoke Newington Literary Festival
  • Several shop events and WINDOWS

Tales on Moon Lane


Children's PRESS SHOWCASE (Thames & Hudson)


  • A New Book Series commissioned...whoop-a-do!

  • A NEW pop-up book collaboration completed: Book Launched August 2019
  • AND new departure and another collaboration underway...
    Cover illustration and toys © Lesley Barnes

    (Oh, and I finally got a TATTOO by beautiful Boshka (at Good Times Tattoos in Shoreditch).

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