Hello! I am an illustrator and picturebook maker currently living and working in Derbyshire with my boyfriend and our border terrier, Rufus.
I grew up in Nottinghamshire where I liked to sprawl out on various floors of my family home drawing and listening to audiotapes... not much has changed.
I studied BA Illustration with Animation at Manchester School of Art, graduating in 2014, and then went on to graduate MA Children’s Book Illustration in 2016 from Cambridge School of Art. In 2016, I was highly commended in the prestigious Macmillan Prize for my original story. My work is character based; I love developing personalities and bringing them to life on the page. I like to work in a variety of media including pencil, watercolour, ink, and I also work digitally in Photoshop and on my iPad using Procreate.
In my spare time I love getting outdoors and walking with my little dog and since 2020 have got massively into crocheting. So far I have crocheted lots of toys, Christmas stockings, bed socks, cushions in the shape of mountains and I am now working on my first granny square blanket.
Represented by: The Plum Agency
‘Hack and Whack’ – Francesca Simon, Faber & Faber in 2017
‘Happy Pet Friends’ book series (6 books) – Katie Woolley and Izzi Howell, Wayland 2022
‘Joan and the Moon’ – Abbie Rushton, Oxford University Press 2022
‘Tam and the Pan – book 2’ – Michael Rae-Grantand Uyen Doan, Heinemann 2023
Hack and Whack are on the attack! - Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre - 11th February 2018
Charlotte Cotterill & Francesca Simon: Double Trouble - Spark Theatre, Edinburgh Literary Festival - 19th & 20th August 2018
'Hack and Whack' Schools Events x 2 - Henley Literary Festival - 1st October 2018
'Hack and Whack' with Francesca Simon and Charlotte Cotterill -William Morris Tent, Wimbledon BookFest - 6th October 2018