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began writing children's books when I was at art college, which means
that I’ve spent over thirty years as a children's author. Must be
nearly time to grow up. About eighty titles published to date, I think.
These include story books and pop-ups for younger readers, as well as
my more recent novels for older children. I'm also an illustrator and
paper-engineer, and you can see examples of this type of work around
Sometimes I provide the paper engineering for pop-up
books by other artists and children's authors - Jan Pienkowski, for
example, Emma Chichester-Clark and Damien Hirst.
Finally I'm a
semi-pro musician, playing mostly jazz. I provided the music and
artwork for two BBC children's television series of Bump the elephant.
Mind you, that was ages ago, and so it's high time somebody sampled it
for a dance track and made me a fortune.
Update: Free Bump the Elephant ringtone!
My first major work for
older children was The Touchstone Trilogy, completed in January 2008,
the three titles being The Various, Celandine and Winter Wood. The
Various was an award winner in The Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2003.
Both Celandine and Winter Wood have been nominated for the Carnegie
David Fickling Books have published my new novel, X Isle, see Blog links for more information.
Further news and details can be found on my Blog.