Leigh graduated from the University of Hull in 1998 with a first in graphic design. She went on to study Animation Direction at the National Film and Television School where she made two short animated films, Excess Baggage and Novelty. Novelty toured the world at festivals bringing home numerous awards including the 2002 British Animation Award for Best Creative Use of New Media.
Leigh has since made four animated films.The third, Moon(n), was selected for The Sundance Film Festival and the most recent, Stalk, was screened at the London Film Festival and at the Winterthur Short Film Festival where it picked up the award for outstanding directorial achievement.
She is passionate about writing, making things and daydreaming. Her picture books include Colin and the Snoozebox, Limelight Larry and Scrummy! (all Orchard Books).
Goldilocks and Just the One Bear was published by Nosy Crow and swiftly followed by Troll Swap and The Big Monster Snoreybook.
Leigh lives and works in Lewes with her husband, animator Steve Smith, and their two young children.
The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth
The famishing vanishing mahoosive mammoth is a hairy beast who simply can’t think of anything but his tummy. So how, then, can his friend Bug […]
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Join one small book lover’s search for the perfect place to sit (just for a bit!) in this beautifully illustrated and designed picture book by […]
Timothy Limpet feels out of place in the troll family – he likes things to be just so, and most trolls, frankly, don’t. Tabitha Lumpit […]