CPD update

New online courses now available to book!

Find out more about our new online CPD to provide extra support for your literacy curriculum

Learn more

David Lucas

David Lucas is an illustrator and has written and illustrated over 14 picture books.


"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my mother was a teacher and my father worked in the steelworks. I am one of six brothers and as children we were all dressed the same - same jumpers, same jeans, same haircuts. We came to London when I was 5 (my father had decided to go to art college) and at first we lived in a tent in Epping Forest before moving to a council flat in Hackney.

As a child I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and magic, and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds. I failed Art O Level and left school at 16, but at 17 I got a job in  a design company in Clerkenwell, and did my first commercial illustration work. I went on to study illustration at St Martins School of Art, and the Royal College. For a long while, during my twenties, I turned my back on fairytales, and I stopped writing stories, but illustrating a picture book by Ted Hughes, a couple of years after graduating, got me started writing again. 

My first book as author and illustrator was Halibut Jackson. I have written and illustrated 14 picture books, and one longer story, The Lying Carpet. Among other projects, I'm currently working on a novel. My books have been translated into 12 languages and in 2008 I was nominated as one of the UK's Best New Illustrators by the Booktrust.

I live with my wife and baby daughter in Leytonstone, in London, in an old school house."

His latest book is I Was Made For You (201*)

Teaching Sequences and further resources







David Lucas - Introduction

Introduction to David Lucas


Grendel read by David Lucas

David Lucas - Writing Process

The writing process behind Grendel

Illustrating a character from GRENDELl by the illustrator DAVID LUCAS

Illustrating a character from Grendel