Kes Gray

Children's Book Author

Speaker - Friday am

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Advertising Greats - where are they now?

An ongoing theme in our speaker sessions we look back on the career of a famous advertising creative who has gone onto new things. 

In a career spanning twenty years Kes Gray has written many television advertising campaigns, most notably for Carling Black Label, Prudential and NSPCC.

Kes loves to write and in 1997 a one month sabbatical produced his first and most acclaimed picture book to date, Eat Your Peas. Published in 2000 it became the first picture book in ten years to win the coveted overall prize at the 2001 Federation of Childrens Book Awards. The same year it won the overall prize at Sheffield, was picture book category winner at Stockport and the Experian Big 3 Awards. In 2002 Eat Your Peas was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. He is also the author for Oi Frog! and titles in the acclaimed Daisy young fiction series - all illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Kes Gray was noted by the Independent as one of the top ten children's authors in the UK in 2003. Billy Bucket was winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for Younger Readers. Kes lives in Essex with his wife and children.