I have been reading writing and drawing stories since I could hold a pencil and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a First Class degree in Illustration. Since then I have been working with children in schools, playcentres, nurseries and museums, I've drawn lots of little things in sketchbooks and painted some big things on walls, I've worked on puppet productions and in two children's bookshops - one in London and one in New Zealand. I've been travelling and drew things that I saw that excited or touched me, I worked with children in other countries, listened and read lots more stories and thought of plenty of ideas.
What are you working on at the moment?
Allow me to present to you Princess Throwaway! A little girl so rich that she never has to clean or fix anything, she just throws it out of her castle window onto an ever growing pile of rubbish, and buys more things! But one day her most favourite doll looses an arm and then an eye and so begins Princess Throwaway's journey to find the Toy Hospital...
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
To show my work to as many people as possible, to ask for advice and critique.
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