About Me

I've always loved playing with words and pictures and,  aged about ten,  won this badge for my Christmas stamps design.

Following a degree in English and Art, I spent ten years as a TV producer, making shows about subjects ranging from problem pets to priceless Picassos.

After my children were born I decided to follow my dream of becoming an author and illustrator of children's books and signed up for the wonderful MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.  I graduated with distinction in February 2016 and in May that year was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize. Following my first three books with Macmillan Children’s Books, I was awarded the Independent Booksellers’ Best New Illustrator Award, 2019.

I live in London with my partner, two children and a cat called Firelight (who is no longer small enough to perch on my shoulder.) When I’m not working, I love to read, look after my garden, play cards and go adventuring in my camper van.


You can contact me on nicolakentbooks@gmail.com