Bruce Ingman

Bruce Ingman is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. As a child, Bruce spent long periods in hospital with a hearing problem, so drawing was important to him both as a pastime and a useful form of communication. He planned to be a painter and after graduating he got a place at the Royal College of Art to study illustration under Quentin Blake.

His first book, When Martha’s Away (1995) was a stylish fantasy about what cats get up to when they have the house to themselves which won the prestigious Mother Goose Award for Best British Newcomer to Children’s Picture Books.

For the past twelve years he has collaborated with the renowned and much-loved author, Allan Ahlberg, producing many funny and engaging books such as, The Runaway Dinner, The Pencil – winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award – and This is the Story of Alison Hubble. Their latest book, My Worst Book Ever, was published by Thames and Hudson in 2018.

Bruce Ingman also currently heads up the MA in Children's Literature Illustration at Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • Winner of the Mother Goose Award for Best British Newcomer to Children’s Picture Books
  • Winner of the 2009 Red House Children's Award

Praise for The Pencil

Few picture books today offer such subtle, imaginative, thought-provoking fare. We need more artists – and writers – with this kind of lead in their pencils.

The Guardian


A short film of Bruce Ingman's performance in 2017

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