I am an illustrator and writer with a passion for telling stories in a playful, engaging and colourful way. Small with a big imagination, I enjoy seeing the humour in the ordinary and helping children learn about complicated subjects be it fractions or history, using illustration and playfulness as a way in. I have worked as a journalist for over three decades, but also have a first class BA Hons and MA (Dist) in Illustration. Married to Rog, with five daughters, I can often be spotted running along the Cotswold canal paths, drawing and drinking cappuccinos. I am currently studying for a PhD in Art & Design, looking at the value of playfulness.