Mike was born in Plymouth, England, and moved to Adelaide, Australia, in 2010.
He has written and published several books of nonsense poetry, has had some work highly commended in magazines and contributed to Tadpoles in the Torrens, dedicated to Max Fatchen. He also had a poem selected by US Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, which appeared in One Minute Till Bedtime, published by Little Brown in the US and Australia in 2016, and another by Brian Moses in a 2021 Anthology with MacMillan UK.
His first picture book, Olivia’s Voice was a CBCA Notable and in 2018 Vanishing was published. Bad Herbert, published by Larrikin House in 2020, arrived next. Let's Build a House, the first book in the Let’s Build series was published by Hachette Australia in April 2021. This will be followed by Let’s Build a Backyard in 2022 and a third title in 2023. His first novel, What We All Saw, suitable for a YA audience, will also be published in May 2022 by Penguin Australia. The Christmas Train will be published by Little Hare in October 2022.
Mike owns and helps to run a bookshop, Shakespeare's, in Blackwood, South Australia. Each year he writes a poem with the CBCA Book Week theme as a title. In 2017 he was one of the main organisers of the Adelaide Festival of Children's Books.
He also works full time as an engineer and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is married with two grown up children, three cats and Holly the Bookshop Dog.
Mike has very little time to sleep, but often thinks up a poem or two while he does.
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