Lucy is an award winning children’s writer with over 20 years’ experience in TV, Film, Animation,Puppets, Books and Theatre. She has earned her living as a professional writer all her adult life. She wrote her first play at 8, a nativity play (all written from the POV of the donkey in rhyming couplets) which was performed for many years by her old school. She went London university where she read English, then worked on various newspapers before embarking on a writing career that included advertising copywriting, journalism, TV and film scriptwriting, books and now theatre.
She worked as a copywriter in advertising for some years, and broke into mainstream TV in the late eighties with a 4 minute play for Channel 4, entitled ’Head Girl’ starring Sting’s wife Trudy Styler. She got her first regular job in TV as a team writer on NO. 73, a popular Saturday morning kids show, under Nigel Pickard and Janie Grace at TVS; this led to further work on puppet and educational programmes.
Since then she has worked on numerous live action, animation and puppet TV including triple award winning Shaun the Sheep for Aardman, Angelina Ballerina for Hit, Chuggington for Ludorum, Animal Stories for Tony Collingwood Productions/BBC/ Disney Channel, Magic Key Adventures (based on Oxford Reading Tree) for Hit Entertainment/BBC Education, TV and the Bafta-winning The Hoobs for Hensons/C4. She also created her own original children’s comedy drama show, Big Kids, for CBBC, starring Imogen Stubbs, which, has been re-run every year since 2000 with consistently high ratings.
Lucy is also an author, with several books published so far.
‘Nickolai of the North’, a fantasy fiction for 8 – 12 year olds about the childhood of Santa Claus, was published in October 2005 with Hodder Children’s Books. It has been shortlisted for various regional awards and has achieved foreign sales in Japan, Russia, France and Italy. The sequel, ‘Nickolai’s Quest’, was published in October 2007. The film rights for Nickolai of the North have recently been re-optioned to Veneration Music who are in partnership with Pandemonium Productions and plans are under way for a major movie.
Lucy has also written a stage musical adaptation of Nickolai of the North which was performed Christmas 09/10 at the Marine theatre in Lyme Regis, Dorset and is to be performed at the Archway theatre in Horley in January 2012, with a new script and new sheet music and backing tracks. The playscript also has interest in Italy and Germany.
Her other plays are Six Characters in Search of a Story, performed at Marine Theatre Oct 2010, and ‘Kill the Lights’, also written as a film script and co-written with Duncan McIntosh.
Previous books include 2 spinoffs from her TV episodes for Disney’s pre-school ‘Animal Stories’, ‘Sammy the Hippo’ and ‘Camilla the Camel’, and ‘Lily the Lost Puppy‘, a book for 4 - 7 year olds, part of the Puppy Tails series, for Working Partners/Macmillan publishers.
Two further books are now published as e books on Smashwords; Goddess in Pyjamas, a sci-fi fantasy for 9+ readers, and a prequel short story, Skye’s Secret Mission. There is now also an ebook version of Nickolai of the North on Smashwords.
Lucy also does teaching and creative writing/story workshops for both adults and children in schools, universities, libraries, artsfests, museums and galleries.
She has served on the Children’s Committee at BAFTA, and founded the Children’s Committee at the Writers Guild. She is also member of the Society of Authors and BAFTA, where she has served on the children’s committee.
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