Jayne Kirkham

Jayne Kirkham took up writing at the age of three with a blue crayon on the front porch. It is still her favourite style.

Much of her life has been spent working with children and vulnerable people of all ages, predominantly in outdoor education. This influences her storytelling, which is imaginative and full of adventure, bringing warmth, heart and the occasional fart to tough thematic content.  As a screenwriter, she has written for most formats: from animation to radio to app to live action feature with a lot of preschool in between.

‘Writing that puts the GRR in girl, the art in fart: stories that give kids a hug.’

Her credits include Bing, Little Roy and Tee and Mo, all for CBeebies. Original commissions include poetry and short stories, including Poppy’s Day as part of the BBC’s World War One Centenary, and Grumpy Cat, which introduced young listeners to Prokoviev as part of the BBC Proms.

Jayne is a member of BAFTA, The Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, and has served on Awards Juries for these and other organisations. She chaired the Children’s Committee and was a member of the Executive Council for the Writers’ Guild.  She is a Director of the Children’s Media Foundation for whom she established and now administrates the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and the Arts in the UK House of Commons.