I grew up in Worcestershire, it was here that seven year old me scribbled, folded and stapled my first picture book about Hannah, a lonely hamster who escapes her cage in search of a soulmate.
I’ve always loved stories.
I studied English Literature at the University of St Andrews. Aside from a short stint as a theatre reviewer for The Scotsman I’ve spent the last fourteen years being a professional silly person in children's television. Making things up for Ragdoll, CiTV, CBeebies, Cosgrove Hall and latterly for my own company, Stitchy Feet.
World Book Day inspired a children's competition I started at CiTV called Share a Story which has been awarded three children's BAFTAs. My TV credits also include co-devising and writing children’s series Pip Ahoy for Milkshake.
I’ve always found picture books compelling. I like stories where children wrestle with their thoughts and feelings; where small moments are a big deal; where tone manages to be both thoughtful and humorous. I like philosophical themes of identity and belonging. I’m aspiring to capture some of this in the stories I write.
I live in Manchester with my husband, daughter and cat. When we had a spare bedroom, I turned it into an office to write but spent most of my time at the dining table or in coffee shops. Now the office has been rightfully claimed by our daughter as a nursery and I write in bed while she sleeps.
What happened to Hannah the hamster? She was duped into befriending a crocodile husband and wife who planned to eat her. Cheery stuff!