About Gary Day-Ellison

About Gary

Studied Graphic Design & Printmaking at St. Martin’s & Brighton.

Pro bono art direction for the Association of Illustrators brought me to the attention of David Larkin at Pan Books, London. Under his mentoring hand I found my feet and developed a love of art direction, illustration & photography.

A chance to grow is the rich potting compost of a wealth of talent working at Pan and great vitality in the creative community generally.

Worked for a decade or so as Design & Art Director for all Pan adult & childrens imprints. I particularly enjoyed on the Picador list working with Sonny Mehta for more than a decade. A marriage of written and visual talents.

Moved on to a short stay at Decca Records then the freelance life in Devon. I have been fortunate enough to work with hosts of top-line authors, publishers, companies and art schools.


About Sandy

I have been lucky enough to work as an illustrator since leaving Art School.

After years of illustrating the work of others I’ve now written and illustrated quite a few children’s picture books of my own which have been published around the world.

Then, a few years ago, an editor at Little,Brown introduced me to broadcaster and writer Sandi Toksvig, predicting that we would work well together.

Us two Sandies found that we just made each other laugh and have now giggled our way through the making of two books so far.

Together we created The Travels of Lady ‘Bulldog’ Burton and Heroines & Harridans, a collection of great women in history. It is a tale of eccentricity (generally British), some bad behaviour (occasionally American) and rather odd love lives (some corking aristocrats).

Heroines and Harridans has its very own Facebook Page.


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