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Gabby Dawnay

Writer, Children's - Children's & Animation

Agent: Jean Kitson -

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Gabby writes scripts for Children’s Television and is also an author of children’s books. She worked on the original development and adaptation of the CBeebies pre-school animated show Messy Goes to Okido, along with writing individual episodes for Series I and II. She has also written an episode of Postman Pat Special Delivery Service. As an author she has written children’s picture books for Tate Publishing, Thames & Hudson and Franklin Watts/Hachette, with more in the pipeline. Gabby also works as a sub-editor and copywriter for Okido magazine and runs art, reading and poetry workshops in schools. She has managed an art gallery and worked in PR and Marketing and is currently also part of the team working on a new open air theatre/arts hub in Crystal Palace Park.



Rhyme Time Town

Currently writing for new animated pre-school series.

Messy Goes to Okido I & II (2014-2017)
CBeebies/Doodle Productions

10 x 11′ episodes
Original development and scriptwriter on this narrative, character led, pre-school animated show based on the children’s arts and science magazine ‘Okido’. Gabby adapted and formatted the show for television and wrote the first 3 scripts for the BBC commission. She subsequently wrote a further 3 episodes for the series and acted as the shows creative consultant. She also wrote the lyrics for the trailer theme song. Gabby is recently wrote 4 x 11′ episodes for Series II.

Postman Pat - Special Delivery Service (2014)

Writer of an episode entitled, ‘Postman Pat and the Tremendous Tree’. Broadcast in 2014.

Books & Magazines

A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body (2017)
Franklin Watts/Hachette Children's

The first in a children’s non-fiction picturebook series.

A visually-led, fast-paced rhythmic trip, from bones to muscles, feelings to sleep

If I had a Dinosaur (2017)
Thames & Hudson

A rhyming story about a little girl who imagines what life would be like with a pet dinosaur – but is it just in her imagination?

A Possum's Tail (2014)
Tate Publishing

Author of this illustrated children’s book about a small boy who visits London Zoo and returns home with rather more than he bargained for (Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015)

London Calls! (2014)
Tate Publishing

Author of this illustrated children’s book that offers: “A whistle-stop tour of London with Granny Rose and Little Pearl, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the city!”

'My Head-to-Toe Body Book' & 'All Around Me' (2012-2013)
Thames & Hudson

Several poems included in both these non-fiction, illustrated art/science books for children.

Okido, Arts and Science Magazine for Kids (2007)

Numerous songs, poems and stories written for every issue of OKIDO magazine since 2007, as well as PR and marketing for the magazine between 2007 – 2012 and sub-editing from 2010 to present.
Work at Okido magazine included: securing features in the national press, BBC London, collaborations with children’s charity the Place2Be and the V&A Museum of Childhood, and liaising with various children’s festivals, publishers, schools and public gallery exhibitions.

Eco Kids Planet Magazine (2014)

Gabby became part of the regular writing team for this eco-conscious, independent magazine for kids interested in animals, nature and the global environment shortly after it was launched in 2014.

Jump Mag & Stew Magazine

Gabby has written and illustrated a series of natural history articles for JUMP mag, an online magazine for girls aged 8-12, as well as several features for STEW magazine, aimed at kids from 8-12.

Cityread London (2013)

Commissioned to write a poem to Launch Cityread’s 2013 poetry competition for Children.