Tom McLaughlin

After studying illustration at Falmouth College of Arts Tom landed a job as the political cartoonist at the Western Morning News, where he spent nine years happily caricaturing the good, the bad and the downright ugly of politics.

In 2006 he left the paper to become a freelance illustrator and stumbled into the world of animation when he won a bursary to direct his short animated film, The Girl With the Pink Shoes, as part of the Animated Exeter festival. Since then he has worked on several animation projects and is currently developing one of his own with Disney.

Tom is best-known now for his picture books, including The Diabolical Mr Tiddles (Simon & Schuster), The Story Machine and The Cloudspotter (both Bloomsbury) and he has also turned his hand to comic writing for middle-grade readers, with his debut novel The Accidental Prime Minister (OUP). Tom lives in Exeter.