Errr...hi!

I don’t update this NEARLY enough, but hey!

What have I been up to, you ask?

WELL. My debut picture book, Long Dog, came out last month from Templar. I just couldn’t be happier with how it came out, they did an amazing job making it look and feel special. More info here, or check your favourite bookshop!

I was getting tired of doing mailouts and admin myself, and don’t know how to progress on my own. I’m super pleased to tell you that I’m now represented by the wonderful Felicity at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. If you’re reading this and would like to work with me (hi there!) you should contact her.

It’s been another manic sprint to a deadline, but the fourth book in my Meet the… series is nearing completion. I think this might be the best one yet, so look out for Meet the… Pirates and Meet the… Greeks, both out in January!

I’ve started writing something new, and longer form than anything I’ve done so far. More on that soon, perhaps.

In the meantime, here are some drawings for Roald Dahl Day, and some monsters for the approaching Halloween season!

BYE.

Neon Demons

S-s-s-scaaaary developments for Friday 13th! I've been experimenting with an uglier, more garish colour palette. I really really love it.

Female Archaeologist of the week: Margaret Murray

Margaret Murray was a pioneering force in the development of Egyptology. The first female archaeology lecturer in Britain, she was a mentor to other women in the field, and a supporter of the suffragette movement.

In her autobiography, "My First One Hundred Years" (1963), she wrote "young males, even though brilliantly clever, should not pit their wits against an organisation run by women."

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WEEKEND MONSTERS!

Some beasts from a snowy weekend... SHUDDER!

Ladies

These ladies single handedly supply the village with crabs, spoons, and thatched roofs.

English Folklore is the scariest folklore.

Each May Day in Padstow, Cornwall, a crowd chases the cavorting 'Obby 'Oss around the town as it tries to catch young maidens.

Black Shuck, the devil's dog, roams the countryside of East Anglia. To gaze into his single fiery eye is to face certain death, or illness, or actually be fine depending on who you ask. Tales of Old Shuck date back to the vikings, and he's the inspiration for a very famous hound.

In Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire, a man or boy was selected on Plough Tuesday to become the Straw Bear. Led by his handler, the bear would march from house to house and made to dance in exchange for gifts of money, food or beer.

 

Just some scary tales and terrifying traditions from these ghastly isles.

Irregular sketch dump

This week in James World - folk singers, folk tales, invisible men, unsightly crones, a demon beekeeper and a baby mountain. So don't say I never give you anything.

 

 

Meet the... behind the scenes!

The AOI were really helpful when I was negotiating pricing when I started my new books, so I was delighted to answer some questions about the whole process. Hopefully it's helpful for some folks!

You can read the interview here!

 

Meet the... activity sheets!

To accompany my Meet the... books, I've created some activity sheets! Using the info in the books as clues, can you work out the puzzles of the pyramids, or unlock Ceasar's secret?

Click the links below to download and print PDFs and get solving!

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