Agent: Jean Kitson

           GABBY DAWNAY

Gabby is a children's writer. She is an author of children’s books  and writes scripts for Children’s Television. She has written for series one and two of the hit CBeebies pre-school animated show ‘Messy goes to OKIDO’. She also wrote for the classic and  beloved Children's tv series, ‘POSTMAN PAT, Special Delivery Service. She recently completed work on a new children's series for Dreamworks. As an author, she mainly writes children’s picture books. These include: ‘A Possum’s Tail’ and ‘London Calls’, both published in 2014 by Tate, If I had a Dinosaur, published by Thames & Hudson, non-fiction book A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body, published by Franklin Watts/Hachette, February 2017. A House for Mouse, October 2018 (Thames & Hudson), A Song for Bear March 2019 (T&H), Samuel Drew Hasn't a Clue June 2019 (Tate Publishing), Bauhaus Ballet  August 2019 (Laurence King) If I had a sleepy sloth, 29th February 2020 and If I had a unicorn (20th August 2020).

Gabby also contributed to several Okido art & science books published by Thames & Hudson, and is working on several more children's picture books for Tate Publishing, Thames & Hudson, and Lawrence King publishing. Gabby has worked as the sub-editor and writer/poet for ‘OKIDO’ kids magazine for over 10 years and is part of the writing team for ECO KIDS PLANET magazine. She runs workshops, art and poetry sessions in schools, has taught in a prison art classes, managed an art gallery for many years and has worked in PR and marketing.


‘Messy goes to OKIDO’ – CBeebies/Doodle Productions.  52 x 11 mins.
Writer on this narrative, character led, pre-school animated show based on the children’s arts and science magazine ‘Okido’. Gabby also co-adapted and formatted the show for television. She was commissioned to write several episodes and act as a creative consultant. She also wrote the lyrics for the trailer theme song. 


Selected episodes from series one and two of ‘Messy Goes to Okido’ are on BBC iPlayer (CBeebies) now. 


Writer of an episode entitled, ‘Postman Pat and the Tremendous Tree’, first broadcast September 2013.

A Possum’s Tail
Illustrated children’s book, published by Tate Publishing, February 2014. (Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015
London Calls! Illustrated children’s book, published by Tate publishing, September 2014.

London Calls! Sticker Book
Also for Tate Publishing, published September 2016

If I had  Dinosaur...
Illustrated children's book, published by Thames & Hudson February 2017.
(If I had a dinosaur has won several awards, and was read by Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne on CBeebies 'Bedtime Story', Christmas Day 2017)

If I had a sleepy sloth, publication date 27th February 2020, Thames & Hudson.

A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body
Illustrated children's non-fiction, published by Franklin-Watts February 2017 


A House for Mouse
Illustrated children's book, published by Thames & Hudson October 2018

A Song for Bear
Illustrated children's book, published by Thames & Hudson March 2019

Bauhaus Ballet pop-up book, published by Laurence King, August 2019

My Head-to-toe Body Book & All Around Me 

Poems included in both of these books, published by Thames & Hudson, April 2012 and 2013. 

Numerous songs, poems and stories written for ‘Okido’ magazine, published in each of the past sixty plus issues!

Part of the regular writing team for this independent magazine for curious kids who want to engage with their environment.

Wrote and illustrated 'Curious Creatures' series for this online kids/parents magazine.

Cityread London
Specially commissioned poem for Cityread 2013 called ‘Legend of the Library’. Cityread London is a campaign to spread a love of books and reading to the widest possible audience throughout the capital.  

Gabby also runs workshops and reading/poetry sessions in schools, children’s festivals and even took part in the first ever Brixton Kids Bookjam 2014. 


·      Current - OKIDO magazine, including book and game reviews for Okido website.
·      Tate Publishing, Zubert a children’s picture book, published by Tate in 2013.
·   Art Galleries: Thackeray Gallery and Piers Feetham Gallery – writing catalogues and reviewing artists’ shows.

Freelance illustration and design for clients including, Graham and Green, jewellery  company Firouzeh, The London Language and Literacy Unit, The Thackeray Gallery, Peers Feetham Gallery and The Almanac Gallery card company.

You can see more artwork here

MA Honours degree in English from St Andrews University, Scotland (1986-90)
Art and Therapy:
·      Art Therapy foundation course at Goldsmith’s University (2007-8)
·      Introduction to Counselling (Level 2) at Lambeth College (2008)
·      Foundation Diploma from Wimbledon Art School (1985-86).

Book signing with illustrator Alex Barrow at the South Ken Kids Festival

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