Evgenia Golubeva and I wrote all 15 episodes of Obki for Ritzy Animation and Obki Productions. Available on Sky Kids On Demand, Obki follows a loveable alien on his journey to be a positive force for good on Earth.
9 Story Distribution International is pleased to announce that it has secured worldwide distribution rights to the new animated series, Circle Square (40 x 7’). The series was created by the BAFTA award-winning The Brothers McLeod. Read the full press release.
Knight Sir Louis and the Dragon of Doooooom! is released on May 13th 2021, the second in the series of Knight Sir Louis books, published by Guppy Books. Louis rides out once again, this time to face the double-headed dragon Borax. “I love these books SO much! Mr Gum levels of weird and brilliant!” says celebrated author Jo Nadin. Photo by Lucy Barriball.
At last, I can share this news with the world…
Circle Square is an animated comedy about neighbours. Vanessa the Dragon, owner of the rainbow lighthouse, helps out with everyday dilemmas and each episode features a different friend needing her help (and sometimes she needs theirs!) The nine households in the community include a yeti, a family of emergency service owls, a keyboard and a drum, a family of wizards, a grumpy dog, an elderly adventuring bear and a couple of walking, talking pine trees. Their companionship also extends to neighbouring islands in the archipelago of the Wyndley Isles, and to friends and family who come to visit them.
The show is a co-production with Kavaleer Productions and is directed by Greg McLeod, written by Myles McLeod and executive produced by Erica Darby, Helen Brunsdon, Gary Timpson and Andrew Kavanagh, and was financed with support from the DCMS funded Young Audiences Content Fund which is managed by the BFI, plus Milkshake! Channel 5 and Creative Europe.
I have two poems in this new collection from The Emma Press. My poems are ‘Questions for an Entomologist’ and ‘Yoga for Insects’. Before I turned my hand to writing I studied Zoology at the University of Bristol. One of my favourite lecture series was Insect Biology by Dr Les Strong, who was also my tutor. It wasn’t a subject I thought I’d be very interested in, but he was a great communicator and I always looked forward to his lectures.
A quick update to explain what I’m up to right now. I’m head writing for children’s TV right now and will be into 2021. I’m also writing the second Knight Sir Louis book (The Dragon of Doooooom!) due out in May 2021. I’m also writing lyrics for another TV show and when I have time (!) a stage adaptation.
My brother Greg and I have done some virtual school visits recently. Our workshop, linked to our middle grade book Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel, is a fun engaging session for Year 3 upwards. We create characters together, do a draw-along and create a six panel storyboard. We finish with a Q&A where we always have some great questions. We can deliver the workshops via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet.
Here I am reading Chapter 6 of Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel for the BookTrust. Published by Guppy Books.
You can ORDER Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel from:
OR from your local independent bookshop!
Here is a video I made for publisher Guppy Books. I shares some middle grade funny fiction inspirations for our new series, Knight Sir Louis (illustrated by my brother, Greg). From childhood classics Roald Dahl and Asterix to more recent books like Wimpy Kid and the Penny Dreadful series by Joanna Nadin.
The preschool show ‘Circle Square’ that I developed with my brother Greg has been picked up by Milkshake! We’re making it under the banner of a new company Wyndley Animation set up with our producers Erica Darby and Helen Brunsdon. You can read more about the news at these places:
Our book has been printed, ahead of its August publication. You can pre-order it already from all the usual places.
OR from your local independent bookshop!
I co-created this adventure series for 6+ year olds with writer-illustrator Evgenia Golubeva. We are working with the fantastic Sardinha em Lata studio in Lisbon, Portugal on the development of the series. As of April 2020, we have prepared a pitch bible and pilot script. I’m also voice directing the pilot and providing some of the voices.
Coming in June 2020. A middle-grade children’s book written by me and illustrated by my brother Greg. Knight Sir Louis is the story of a brave knight in a bonkers world. Here’s the trailer:
A collection of 48 fun poems available in paperback or for Kindle. Illustrated by Wilm Lindenblatt. What does a dinosaur eat for breakfast? What is the shortest story ever? What kind of music do cows like? What happened to the little shark? Did you hear about the lazy witch? Singalongabingbong is a collection of fun and funny poems for children. Available internationally through Amazon and the Book Depository.
Marfa is a short animation by The Brothers McLeod. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018. It was later nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best British Short Animation. Myles wrote the poem for the film and co-directed. Myles’ brother Greg directed, illustrated and animated the whole film after visiting Marfa in 2014. Check out Greg’s illustration website. Watch the film on Vimeo.
Published by Penguin imprint Square Peg. Co-written with Fenella Smith. Illustrated by award winning illustrator brother Greg McLeod.
A lighthearted look at our feline friends and their most amusing (and infuriating) habits.
Over 140 entries delightfully illustrate a wealth of cat breeds – from the attention-loving Siamese to the playful Exotic Shorthair – followed by an extensive cat dictionary, which finally defines those characteristic behaviours and cat-related incidents that all cat lovers will recognise.
If you have ever wanted to create a comic, graphic novel, animation, film, television series, or even a book, then Create Your Own Universe is here to help you get started. Published by LOM Art. Created by the BAFTA award-winning animation team The Brothers McLeod. Also translated and published in Czech Republic, China, and Russia.
I wrote the poem and co-directed this short film from The Brothers McLeod and Tom Angell.
Myles co-developed Noddy Toyland Detective with producer Heath Kenny for DreamWorks. Myles helped to define the world, and created a number of new characters including Deltoid, Smartysaurus, Fuse, Pat-Pat and the Pockets, and The Naughticorns. Myles also wrote the pilot script, and five further scripts for series one.
I wrote two scripts for the reboot of Clangers. This was something very special for me having grown up with the wonderful animations of Postgate and Firmin. My first script The Crystal Trees was later adapted into a board book. Narrated by Michael Palin in the UK and William Shatner in the USA.
A fun book about dog breeds. Great as a gift for dog-lovers! Co-written with my sister Fenella Smith. Illustrated by my brother Greg McLeod. Published by Square Peg, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Translated and published in Italian (Bau!), German (Wuff!), Japanese, French (Quel Chien!). Also available in the USA from Flatiron.
I wrote an original half hour sci-fi comedy called Starship Impossible. You can listen to the whole pilot on SoundCloud. It was selected for the Sitcom Trials. Performers on the night included Alexander Perkins, Susan Husband and Myles McLeod. Sound cues by Gavin Heaney.
I wrote this hour long script for BBC Learning. It breaks down into chunks for a 6+ audience. It’s all about the History of Maths from the Babylonians to Pythagoras to Modern Computing. Produced by The Brothers McLeod. I also provided a number of the voices.
I was commissioned to write eight poems for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s myshakespeare website as part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012. Each poem explored as aspect of the much asked question: where do ideas come from? The poems were written as though by Billy Shakespeare and Francis the Pig, characters created by myself and my brother for the RSC.
Pedro and Frankensheep was a show concept created by Producer Phil Cooper. Designed and Directed by my brother Greg McLeod. I worked to further define the character personalities, wrote the pilot script and a further nine scripts. I wrote and performed the songs for the show. I also voiced some of the characters, including Frankensheep himself.
Trivia: the cartoon featured in Doctor Who episode Silence in the Library!