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Me and Mouse at church concert
Photo by Sarah O’Malley

Hello! I’m Meghan, a children’s novel writer and picture book maker. I’m currently writing, crafting and photo-illustrating stories for children, starring two handmade puppet animals, set in nature. My studio is a beautiful forest, where I imagine their tiny world through the lens of a camera. It might seem an odd vocation, but it feels quite natural to me…

As a quiet child called ‘Meghan Mouse’, I learned to read and sew at an early age, as the big human world felt too loud to me. I was more at home in a miniature world, which I created for toy mice. I made their houses out of any source I could find – food packaging, Lego, clothespins and old clothes. When I wasn’t crafting, I studied my collection of picture books, absorbing the images until I felt I could crawl inside them.

As an adult, I studied costume making and worked in the film industry on live action TV shows, before landing a job by chance as the costume designer for the 6-inch high stop-motion puppets of the animated TV series, Lunar Jim. It was my tiny, detailed work there that reminded me how much I love miniature worlds. The rediscovery of my passion inspired me to write The Stowaways, a novel for children about a tiny mouse who yearns for adventure. I was thrilled when it was published, but then I got to thinking…

mouse and uncle rowing at sunset

While walking in the woods one day, I started taking photos from the perspective of a mouse toy I had with me, imagining how it would actually feel to be a little mouse in a big forest. I was immediately taken away to a calm, creative world filled with depth and possibility; inspiring me so much that it became my next big project – to make the diorama picture book I would have loved as a child. After designing and building two wire-framed puppet animals, I began to illustrate a story for them, set in the forest and captured by camera.

I spend a lot of time, muddy and mosquito-bitten, trying to get the perfect shot of these puppets. It’s hard work, but fun! When the weather isn’t right for the shot I need to take, I make props for the sets. The environment is important to me, so I like to re-use discarded scraps and found materials in nature. The result is pretty quirky – and very much the world I was trying to craft as a child.

My goal in all my writing is to inspire children to connect with nature – to notice its tiny details and the patterns in the chaos – and to find a sense of belonging there. 

To experience the tiny written worlds I like to create, my children’s novel The Stowaways is available in hardback, paperback, e-book, or your library. It’s best for children aged 7-11, and their parents, too. To follow my journey making picture books, you can find me on Instagram, where I share some of the practice photos I take with Maileg toys as well as the process of making miniature props. When the books are published, I’ll be able to share my puppet characters with you.¬† Looking forward to that! See you soon…


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