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Gabby is a children’s writer, scriptwriter, poet and occasional illustrator. She has been 'poet-in-residence' for the children’s art and science magazine, ‘OKIDO’ since 2007 and co-adapted and developed the magazine for children's television, where it became hit CBeebies animated pre-school show: ‘Messy goes to OKIDO!' Gabby wrote for series one and two, on tv now, and series three has just been commissioned. She has also written for the Children's TV Classic series, Postman Pat, and has recently worked on a new show for Dreamworks.

Children’s picture books include: ‘A POSSUM'S TAIL’ (nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal) and ‘LONDON CALLS!’ both published in 2014 by Tate Publishing. ‘London Calls’ was turned into a musical puppet show by the BUS KING THEATRE (a puppet theatre on a London Routemaster bus) and the book also has a range of merchandise, including The London Calls Sticker and Activities book. In February 2017 ‘IF I HAD A DINOSAUR’ was published by Thames & Hudson and ‘A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE AROUND THE BODY’ was published by Franklin Watts/Hachette, both illustrated by Alex Barrow. 'IF I HAD A DINOSAUR' won the best pre-school picture-books Made for Mums Silver Award 2018 AND was read by Eddie Redmayne on Christmas Day 2018 on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Gabby wonders if she peaked early; will her work ever reach such dizzying heights again?

Meanwhile, 'A ROLLER-COASTER RIDE AROUND THE BODY' was runner-up in the ASA Book Award 2017.

'A HOUSE FOR MOUSE', published by Thames & Hudson in October 2018, was on The Daily Telegraph's '50 Books That Blew Us Away' list.

'A SONG FOR BEAR' came out in March 2019, published by Thames & Hudson. (It has not won any awards so far but it's early days...)

'SAMUEL DREW HASN'T A CLUE' (prequel to 'A Possum's Tail') was published by Tate in June 2019. (It has not won any awards. Yet.)

'BAUHAUS BALLET - A Pop-Up Performance' was published in August 2019 by Laurence King to mark the centenary celebration of the Bauhaus movement. Gabby worked with the illustrator and designer Lesley Barnes (of 'Jill and Dragon' and 'Jill and Lion' fame) writing the simple, rhyming text. This paper-engineered delight has so far been published in: German, Spanish, Italian and French. Gabby sees this as a mini EU triumph.

Gabby and Lesley are also collaborating on a book for Thames & Hudson. Watch this space.

And the next two titles in the: 'If I had a...' series, are due to be published by Thames & Hudson in spring and autumn 2020.

Gabby continues to work as sub-editor and regular contributor for award-winning ‘OKIDO’ magazine, and is part of the writing team for the also award-winning 'ECO KIDS PLANET' magazine (which she occasionally illustrates for), as well as contributing to several other independent children’s publications such as STEW and online mag JUMP!.

Gabby and illustrator Alex Barrow have worked on nine books together so far and regularly run workshops in schools and festivals for kids based around their books, illustration and magazine work.

PS Gabby has a little grey whippet called Hero, who is a qualified Pets As Therapy 'Reading Dog'. They visit a local primary school weekly and are official members of 'The Reading Pack'.

Gabby lives in Brixton, London with her husband, three grown/growing-up children and a cat called Pan, who is boss (obviously).

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