I’m a writer and producer and have been working in the Children’s Media Industry for longer than I care to mention. I have a husband, two daughters, two dogs and a mother (87) who supplies good tweetage for Twitter.
I was born in Uganda (odd) and did a Drama and Russian degree (also quite odd.)
I then worked in PR for a computer company (really very odd) and landed a job in a recording studio where, apart from singing on the backing vocals of an Album called “Bony M in Hindi” (it doesn’t get less odd, does it?) I found myself accidentally riding on the crest of the first wave of audiobooks as a producer. I started writing sales training programmes there, then documentaries and adapting Children’s stories which is how I got my writing agent, Gemma Hirst.
Along with some freelance journo stuff about unsuccessful child rearing – something at which I excelled, I was soon writing for the Jim Henson Company then show running their big commission – The Hoobs.
I now have my own companies, originating and producing Children’s content across various platforms and am even engaging in the whole digital arena of Apps and – God help us – Appisodes. Kill. Me. Now.
In partnership with my colleague, Jan Page, I’ve written and produced 118 episodes of Grandpa in my Pocket for Cbeebies and 52 Eps of The Ha Ha Hairies for Cartoon Network. Other things are in development.
I was told I should have a blog, so I’m having one. Presumably at some point it will become clear to me why.