I love stories. I have always loved stories. However, it was a long time before I could see myself as a storyteller. I was born in York, in the North of England. My childhood was spent drawing and making things. I got in to writing later in life, on a masters degree in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. It was there I discovered picture books to be the most wonderful way in which to tell stories.
After winning the 2013 Association of Illustrators New Talent Award in the Children’s Book category, my debut picture book, The Sea Tiger, was published by Templar Publishing in 2014. The Sea Tiger was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. I have since written and illustrated Kings of the Castle and Pandora, and illustrated Is It Really Nearly Christmas? by Joyce Dunbar. My next book, Cloud Forest, will be published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in May 2019.
Books for Keeps – Describing the technique used to create Cloud Forest.
Picturebook Makers – Sharing the creative process behind my book, Pandora.
Teach Primary – Looking at loneliness in children’s literature.
Nominated for Bratislava Biennial of Illustration, 2017
Shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, 2015
Shortlisted for Oscar’s First Book Prize, 2015
Nominated for CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, 2015
Winner of AOI New Talent Award, Children’s Books, 2013