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Simon Bartram's Portraits

Simon Bartram's portraits of these post-industrial men come from his imagination but capture the essence of the place where he is from...

Enter a world of adventure at Discover Story Centre

With a huge tooty fanfare we are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Discover Story Centre in Stratford on July 27th with a...

Football Crazy, Football Mad

In the run up to the FIFA World Cup we are celebrating all things football with footy fans Spike Gerrell and Simon Bartram. ...

Destined to be a monster hit RUFUS by Simon Bartram

He's keen, he's green but he's not very mean...Rufus just wants someone to scare! Simon Bartram's latest picture book is published...

Simon Bartram

Simon Bartram

Fine artist, writer, poet and illustrator Simon Bartram lives and works in Gateshead with his wife and son, having graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration. Simon is well known for his stylised way of drawing and painting, which relies on exaggerated proportions and strong light and shade with vivid colour with a precise level of detail in each picture.

His passion for football and the urban landscapes of Northern England strongly inform his work today, encapsulating the gritty social realism of his surroundings combined with a breath-taking technical ability. Drawing inspiration from a breadth of fine artists including Stanley Spencer and Peter Blake and comics of his childhood such as Roy of the Rovers.

His best-selling picture book Man on the Moon, (a Day in the Life of Bob) won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2004 and has become a modern classic, even finding its way on to the UK’s National Curriculum. Simon is a regular on the book event circuit appearing in schools, libraries and bookshops with his engaging and interactive events.



  • Candllewick Press
  • Crocodile Creek
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • Oxford University Press
  • Penguin Random House
  • Radio Times
  • Scholastic Children's Books
  • Templar Publishing
  • The Book Trust
  • Transworld