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!
The short animated film I co-wrote with director Evgenia Golubeva has so far picked up two audience awards! You can also see Evgenia and I (and our dog Astra) talking about the film for the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film.
Colour Box AUDIENCE AWARD at Flatpack Film Festival 2020
Young Jury BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM at Leeds Young Film Festival 2020
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!