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 an episode of the classic and beloved Children's tv series, ‘POSTMAN PAT, Special Delivery Service. As an author, she 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, and non-fiction book A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body, published by Franklin Watts/Hachette, February 2017. A House for Mouse, is coming out 3rd October 2018 (Thames & Hudson). A Song for Bear publication date March 2019 (T&H), and Samuel Drew Hasn't a Clue publication date June 2019 (Tate Publishing).
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.
‘Messy Goes to Okido’ series 1 is currently on BBC iPlayer children's television (CBeebies). Series one is due to be broadcast October 2018.
BOOKS & WRITING
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)
A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body
Illustrated children's non-fiction, published by Franklin-Watts February 2017
A House for Mouse
A Song for Bear
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.
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.
COPYWRITING, SUB-EDITING and PROOF-READING:
· 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.
ILLUSTRATION / DESIGN:
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.
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).