When I was at school I never imagined I would end up writing stories. my spelling was terrible and I found reading really difficult, because I'm dyslexic. Luckily my mum and dad read to me and took me to the library where I spent hours looking at picture books. I had always liked drawing and so I began keeping a sketchbook diary, especially if I travelled anywhere new and it was these diaries that inspired my first picture books. Now whenever possible, I like going along to schools and libraries to talk to children about my work and help them write and draw their own stories.
My books have been selected for many awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. I live in Swansea with wife Helen and our two daughters. Helen is also a children's book author and together we created the award-winning picture book The Snatchabook.
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I love developing the rough drafts of the illustrations, sketching out the characters and inventing the world they live in. At this point it’s still possible to change things and new ideas come up all the time as I’m working, so it’s very exciting.
The most important thing to say is that just because you might struggle with reading doesn’t mean you can’t create great stories. I got into reading by looking at comics, and it was the pictures that encouraged me to read the words. I guess it’s not surprising that I ended up being an author and illustrator because I’ve always loved the way you can put words and pictures together to tell a story.
I love going out sketching. My favourite place at the moment is Swansea bus station because of all the different people who are passing through.