My passion for illustration and design developed during my training and work as a fashion designer, and my love of picture books began when I started reading to my own children. My aim as an author/illustrator is for the illustration to tell the story as much as the text, and the words and pictures to work together with the page turns to create humour and surprise. I’m also developing a different type of picture book text which could be interpreted by other illustrators. I recently attended a creative writing course which benefited my writing and increased my confidence. I’m currently seeking representation.
In addition to comics and illustration workshops I’m involved in many other activities for children and teens both in my day job as a Community Engagement Senior Library Assistant, and as a freelancer. I was recently invited to run workshops at the Sharjah International Book Fair for six days. I had a fantastic experience working in the children’s area of this incredible and diverse event (please see my post about it). I’m a regular judge at Southwark Libraries’ graphic art competition which involves choosing winners and runners up for three different age categories, presenting the prizes and giving an illustration workshop at the award ceremonies in Southwark’s Culture Space (please take a look at the post). I also worked with Southwark on a manga/fashion cosplay event aimed at bringing more teens to the library.
I am a trained Arts Award Adviser (see post), and have been involved in the ‘Explore’ Arts Award with Bromley and Bexley’s Chatterbooks reading groups, both in my day job and as a freelancer running illustration workshops. I regularly judge the BBC’s 500 Words children’s story writing competition along with other library and teaching staff.
I’m passionate about reading and children’s literacy and enjoy sharing stories with school classes and working on the Summer Reading Challenge at Lewisham Libraries. I’m also part of the events team which involves organising programmes to tie in with events such as World Book Day, Spine Festival and Black History Month.
To discuss a booking or freelance job, please contact me.