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Climate in Chaos Shortlisted

February 5th, 2021

Hugely grateful to the Association for Science Education for shortlisting ‘A Climate in Chaos’ for their Book of the Year awards!

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Letter from lockdown

May 27th, 2020

My letter from lockdown written for the Childrens Bookshow.


Today’s the day

May 14th, 2020

I’m delighted to announce that “A Climate in Chaos” is published today!

I couldn’t have made the book without the help of:

Sophie Stericker,




A BIG thanks to all!





Thanks to Huw and James

May 12th, 2020


Creating a book about Climate Change took a lot of research and thought. Luckily I had the help of two experts Dr Huw Lewis Jones and Dr James Dyke which is why A Climate in Chaos is dedicated to them. A huge thanks to them both for their invaluable experience and expertise.
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Dr Huw Lewis Jones is an environmental historian and explorer. It’s incredible photos from his polar expeditions that I used for collage. More about him on his wikipedia… and he also writes Childrens books!





Dr James Dyke is a leading expert on the Earth’s systems, and the effects humans are having upon them. If you’d like to learn more about him check out his fantastic film ‘The Race is On’ or his articles for publications like The Independent.



A Climate in Chaos film

May 11th, 2020

‘A Climate in Chaos’ is published this week. Here’s a short film explaining a bit about the book…

A Climate in Chaos is published by  Wren and Rook

Home schoolers! On Wednesday I’m going to read my book ‘A Planet Full of Plastic’ on YouTube. The film will go up 11am GMT and remain for 24 hours to let folk around the world watch it.

link to my YouTube here

See you soon, thanks Neal

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I’m very proud to have my work on show at Seven Stories in Newcastle at the moment, as part of Drawing Words, a travelling exhibition showcasing work from 10 various illustrators from the U.K.

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Preparatory artworks from Stanley’s Stick. Photo by Courtney Huck


Journalist student Courtney Huck wrote a short piece about the exhibition below…

Drawing Words, an exhibition currently being featured by Seven Stories, differs from past exhibits shown by the Children’s Book Museum by encouraging children to locate their inner illustrator.

The exhibition features multiple activity spaces resembling a pop-up book. Children can easily move or crawl between different “worlds.” In each space, children are encouraged to create a drawing relating to that specific story. 

Curated by the Children’s Laurate, Lauren Child, the traveling exhibition showcases work from 10 various illustrators from the U.K., including Neal Layton, who received his BA in Graphic Design in Newcastle. 

The traveling section of the exhibit focuses on the illustrators’ published works and includes a short quote from each artist about where they find their inspiration. Exclusively for the exhibition at Seven Stories, the museum collaborated with Cumbria-based artist Hannah Fox to incorporate the playscape activity centers along with original drawings from the illustrators. 

Layton selected illustrations from ‘Stanley’s Stick,’ and decided with Seven Stories to show “working drawings from that book, alongside finished illustrations, so children might better understand the process of making a book.” 

He commented that, “it almost feels like I’m giving something back after all these years.” 

While Drawing Words has seen visitor’s enjoyment of the space, operations manager Jayne Nicholson admits she had to take some time to wrap her head around the more “organic nature” of the exhibit. Nicholson said the display is all about exploring and children discovering what they can do at different stations, even if that means coloring on the walls. 

“At first we were alarmed because it’s an exhibition,” Nicholson said. “But that’s where more of the ‘organic feel’ comes in. We wouldn’t expect that upstairs in Elmer because it’s very precious artwork, so it’s a different vibe going on.” 

Nicholson said story catchers are imperative in facilitating the interpretations that comes across for each collection. 

Charlotte Brumby, a nine-year story catcher, said Drawing Words has been different than other showcases she’s worked with because of its focus on children drawing, whereas most other exhibits at Seven Stories encourage parents to read books to their children. Brumby said “when I’ve taken school groups through, there have been several that really loved the drawing aspect and they got really into it. They’ve clearly been inspired by the works and the words around them.” 



Plastics Blog Tour (3)


Since it’s publication last week Planet Full of Plastic has been on a mini ‘blog-tour’ with lots of brilliant bloggers looking at the book, reviewing it, and giving loads of environmental tips too.

A huge thanks to all who have enjoyed the book, and if you’d like to see what they thought, there are some links below… but suffice to say, I am completely blown away by it’s positive response.

Library Mice – features a ‘how to’ build your own mini greenhouse.

A Little But a Lot – has recycled plastic artwork ideas.

Miss Cleveland is Reading – has info on litter picking and the Great British Spring Clean.

The Reader Teacher – has info on reusing items.

And if you’d like to know a little more about how the book came about, I wrote a piece for Foyles here.


Look I Wrote a Book!

May 16th, 2019

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