I grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland and studied art at Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool John Moores Universities and Goldsmiths College, London. I did a lot of formal studying, and learned a huge amount during that time, but I think my path towards a career in picture books began with my love of comics and cartoons, particularly "Peanuts", the creation of my hero, the great Charles M. Schulz.
Before I became a full-time illustrator and writer, I did many other jobs including teaching English, working in a bookshop and designing Christmas and Halloween point-of-sale for Asda!
I work with publishers in the UK and around the world including Bloomsbury, Little Tiger Press, Oxford University Press and Hinkler.
My books have been published in Spanish (Castillian and Catalan), German, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, French, Finnish, Romanian, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Italian and this year, for the first time, in Scots Gaelic and Welsh!
I am represented by Plum Pudding Illustration Agency
Click on these Links to find out more...
An illustrated interview with Plum Pudding Illustration
An interview for The Book People about Bedtime Stories
My Guardian list of Top 10 books featuring Monkeys!
A Bookworm Baby interview made for Little Tiger's "Reading Rocks" Tour
My online portfolio at Plum Pudding Illustration
Here's a Little Tiger Press "Reading Rocks" video of Eddie and Dog, read by me!
And here's a Q and A with The Book People on Books, Baddies and Burping!