Growing up in unglamorous, hard working London, Anne Kotecha loved to create worlds out of the buttons and cotton reels of her mother’s seamstress life. While her mother worked long hours, she watched a world different to her own march by at her window and on the TV. They watched a lot of TV. Drawing gave realisation to Anne’s imaginings and she knew she would one day become an illustrator. Anne uses pencil, gouache, ink and printmaking techniques to create narratives with colour and texture; observing life, people and the sometimes uncomfortable but always interesting places where cultures meet. She communicates hidden subtleties and difficult themes with sensitivity and humour. Beatrice Alemagna, David McKee, Jon Klassen and Maurice Sendak are some of her inspirations. When not sketching Anne loves to write songs and play guitar for her noisy bands, and enjoys programming games for children.