James is an author, illustrator and cat dad from Bristol. He graduated from the University of the West of England in 2009 with a first class degree in Illustration. During his studies he received a “highly commended” in the 2008 Macmillan Prize and he’s focused on creating children’s books ever since. His bold illustration style is influenced by strange old cartoons, cave paintings and anxiety. He works from his studio in Bristol and spends a lot of time in the library, too.

His non-fiction Meet the… books (Big Picture Press) are fun, accessible introductions to ancient civilisations. Meet the… Ancient Romans and Meet the… Ancient Egyptians were published in 2018 with more to follow in 2019.

His debut picture book, Long Dog, is published by Templar (2018).

James has also been designing, illustrating and animating material for Penguin’s social media campaigns since 2016.

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