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Stay tuned for upcoming events…

Next month I’ll be doing an author event in Athens at the Athens Concert Hall where the Drawing Words Exhibition is opening. Find out more on the events page.

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Waiting for Chicken Smith is published in the US today by Candlewick Press. It’s the same but different.


Lauren Child and I will be speaking about making Lauren’s books as part of the Royal Academy Of Arts’ Festival of Ideas (May 5th at 10.30am). Lauren is very interesting and you’ll probably be surprised to know how she makes her illustrations and her unusual writing process. And there’ll be the chance to ask questions if you need an answer. I hope you can come and join us in May. I’d take the number 9 bus to Aldwych and get off on Piccadilly outside Cordings, but that’s just me.

The British Council’s Drawing Words exhibition…

I’m happy to be included in the British Council’s Drawing Words exhibition, an exhibition of contemporary UK children’s book illustrators. The show is curated by Lauren Child (Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2017-2019) and includes some brilliant artists. The exhibition will be at The British Council, Piccadilly, London and then elsewhere worldwide. Read more about it here.

White Ravens 2018…


Archie and The Bear (written by Zanni Louise) was named a White Raven Book 2018 by the International Youth Library.

Here’s what they said: Without even the slightest hint of preachy-ness, “Archie and the Bear” challenges readers to ponder the importance of being open-minded, of carefully listening to others, and of accepting people – and other creatures – for what they (say they) are. In his vigorous illustrations, renowned artist David Mackintosh plays with different media, contrasting sizes, and varying perspectives to highlight the story’s peculiar rhythm. Pictures, text, and overall design create a seamless unity that easily draws readers into the tale.

It could be you…

I'm giving away a signed and drawn on copy of Waiting for Chicken Smith on publication day. Just tell me what you're waiting for via email. Send your email by September 7th. I'll choose a winner and post the book to you anywhere in the world. Good luck!

September 7th: THE PHONE LINES ARE NOW CLOSED: Kyle Reed in Canada has won the signed book and it will be posted directly. Thank you for entering the competition.

Don't forget your name.

Don't forget your name.

Hot chips photography by Geoff Lloyd.

Hot chips photography by Geoff Lloyd.

waiting for chicken smith cyclic

I made a film of how I make a hand-sewn picture book dummy. I find that they're very useful when developing my book ideas because they are in fact – a book.

My new titles for the Penguin English Library can be seen here

See the film trailer for Waiting for Chicken Smith…

Here's a written piece about Waiting for Chicken Smith that says something about how the memory plays tricks on history.

Inside Waiting for Chicken Smith.

Inside Waiting for Chicken Smith.

Good news. And they don't even have bears in Australia.

Good news. And they don't even have bears in Australia.

Robyn Sheahan-Bright interview…

AN interview I did with Robyn can be read here. She sure is nosey.

At all good book shops.

At all good book shops.

Selected past events…