bio

My background was in textile design, art and interactive media before beginning to write and illustrate children’s books.

Apple Pie ABC, my first book, was published in the UK in 2010 by Orchard Books and in the US and Canada by Disney Hyperion. A second book with Orchard, One Two That’s My Shoe, a follow up to Apple Pie ABC, was published in hardback in May this year. Apple Pie ABC was long listed for the UK Literary Association award and shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Award in 2011. I was included in Books For Keeps Rising Talent in March 2011.

Between September 2010 and May 2011 I was Scottish Book Trust and Home Starts Early Years writer in residence. Based in Paisley, it involved Nursery and library talks and presenting CPD sessions for Home Start volunteers, nursery staff and library staff. The main remit of the residency however was a collaborative writing project with the Renfrewshire Home Start family group. The result of this is ‘Little Mouse’, a picture book which will be published by Orchard in Feb 2012 and will also be distributed in Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug bag to approx.60,000 families in Scotland.

I am currently working on my fifth book with Orchard.

 



EVENTS / WORKSHOPS / RESIDENCIES


August 2011 Edinburgh International Book Festival RBS Story Box

September 2010 – May 2011 Scottish Book Trust / Home Start Early Years Writer in Residence.

September 2010 Wigtown Book Festival Event

June 2010 Dundee Book Festival Event

April 2010 – May 2010 School workshops in and around Stirling

Previous experience
Founded design and illustration business Everything Is Pattern to develop several projects including digital printed textiles and artwork.

Senior designer for web design company Equator.

Co-founded an interactive design company called Forma. As a director I worked in various capacities on projects from creating concepts and pitching ideas, to hands-on design & animation, project management and accounts. In 2001 the company was sold to Eleco plc, an FTSE 500 company.

Animator for EMG, a computer games company based in Brighton

Other experience headlines:
Textile designer for Lewis & Lewis & Habitiat. Created one-off tiles for Timney Fowler of Kings Rd. Art & Design book buyer in Waterstones. Supply art
teacher for Wandsworth borough council. Taught children’s art
workshops in the British Museum. Gallery attendent in
the Showroom – a contemporary art gallery. Assistant in education
department at the ICA, London.