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About me I am an illustrator and writer of children’s books and have been for over thirty years. Through a long and varied career I have also produced work for advertising agencies, design companies, magazines, newspapers and many other clients. In the late 1970’s I was working as a young artist in the north of England selling paintings. I received a commission to illustrate the cover of a satirical novel by Dylan Thomas and his friend John Davenport for Penguin Books. I moved to London to embark on what I hoped would be my new career. I received commissions to produce advertising posters, book covers and packaging illustrations in the UK and abroad. Publishing, however, has provided most of my work and so far I have illustrated more than 60 books for children and written twelve of these. Many publishers including Orchard Books, Puffin and Templar in the UK and Simon and Schuster, Viking and Peachtree in the USA have commissioned me. My books have been published in over 20 countries. Eight of my titles have recently been published in China, Russia and Ukraine.