Here’s to Everyday Miracles

Here’s to courage, strength and hope
Here’s to love, embracing the faltering in warm arms
And never letting go

Nothing but the here and nowness of you matters;
Tides persist, skies heave and sway and the damp earth nurtures
Still, the smell of you feeds me, my soul’s small self
I cannot breathe with joy!
Here’s to everyday miracles

© GD 5/09/12

Magical marvellous Midsummer Night

Magical marvellous Midsummer Night;
With its dreams of a future that hastens too fast
Was the sense that our present is ever in flight,
Like the swift-dipping bats, as they silently passed.

Magical marvellous Midsummer Night!
Full of musical joy and Shakespearean rhyme
That held onto a moment and captured it tight;
All was hidden, misplaced and revealed in that time.

Magical marvellous Midsummer Night;
As one chapter is ending another one starts,
In the damp of a garden suspended with light,
While the music of memory cradled our hearts.

© Gabby Dawnay June 2013

The words I cannot say 
The poem I cannot send

The words, "how are you doing?" trip like automatons over my lips
Too late.
For I know too well that a fragment of something intangible
has lodged in your soul,
opening an inviolable wound.

I imagine you now live in a perception of what it really is

to be (or not to be) here on this heavy earth,
because that other place has slipped through
and with invisible hands
stolen the beat of your life,
leaving the taste of 4am in each moment.

Do I want to know that
with a hazy forgetfulness you awake rapt

and are destroyed every single morning?
Sometimes, you say, the soft drum of remembrance fades in slowly,
sometimes it strikes like a wincing knife on bone.

"How are you doing?" is a hollow nothing

Because I cannot bear that pain.
It is yours alone
and too private.

You have become a glutton for grief.
You devour it to fill the empty space that was once
the living, loving flesh of your flesh.
And you howl with anger as your sorrow slides away
down a flume into nothing,
only to be replenished.

For all you really want is life as it once was,
with him returned.
The smell of him, the breath of him
his whole self; solid, warm
held and loved entirely.

© GD February 2014

I am the light that soared

I am the light that soared
bursting from nothing into brilliant being!
When the dark sky wraps a thousand dreams
in a blanket of winking stars…
there am I.

I am the brightness in heavenly streams
of consciousness 
I am in each particle that floats
and spins on moonbeams
I am the almost imperceptible warmth
that melts frost-spiked leaves.

The normality of variety
Life in all its random games,
The breadth and depth of thought
The expectation of experience
The journey ahead, around, above and beyond
each path you tread.

sing exuberantly
in a voice that clears the shadows!
Poised, watching, sure.
I am the answer to silence,
I am the love that will endure.

I am ready, steady GO!
The ebb and flow
Of Hope, Potential.
I was and always will be
Playful, sparkling

© Gabby Dawnay, January 2013
For Silas

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: gabbydawnay@gmail.com


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 http://www.doodle-productions.com. 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