• My neighbour’s garden

    November 21, 2015

      This is the front garden of my neighbour’s house, in Leytonstone, London. Her choice of decoration is full of historical – and mythological – resonances. She is an Irish Catholic grandmother (the Virgin Mary is, of course, a bit

  • a simple story pattern

    October 9, 2015

      All stories begin with a problem, a dilemma, a conflict. Something is wrong, and out of balance – a storm is brewing… As William Faulkner said, stories are about ‘the heart in conflict with itself.” The usual picture book

  • My life as a river

    June 4, 2015

    This article was published in The Children’s Writer’s & Artist’s Yearbook in 2011, and reprinted each year until 2018. An illustrator’s life It helps me to think of my life as a river: water is a symbol of creativity, and