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Here's where you find out all about Jamie Rix:


Jamie is a children’s author, an animation writer and director, and a producer of television comedy.

Born and raised in London – the son of Brian Rix and Elspet Gray - Jamie had a fabulous childhood in a house that overlooked Richmond Park. He shared a large fat Labrador with his brother and sisters – that’s shared as in ‘looked after’, not ‘consumed’ – and fought with them on an habitual basis much to his mother’s consternation, but, latterly, his publisher’s delight. A lot of the rivalry that existed between his younger brother, Jonty, and older sister, Louisa, has been used to fuel the fevered imagination of Alistair Fury.

Jamie went to three schools. The Frobel Institute when he was very young, Tower House when he was a bit bigger, and St Paul’s when he was as big as he was ever going to get. Never a scholarship boy, he loved rugby and cricket and even eschewed these for more important pursuits, such as girlfriends.

There was an English teacher at Tower House called Mr Townsend, who showed him what fun there could be in telling stories. He let Jamie write what he liked. So Jamie wrote about severed limbs, decapitated heads and blood - gallons of the stuff. Then Mr Townsend made Jamie stand up and read his story out loud. It taught Jamie to keep his stories short, funny and full of gore. His stories haven't changed in forty years!

After school he went to the University of Kent where he read English and Drama. This gave him time to write plays and party. Both of which he did to excess. Talking of which, he met his wife at Canterbury - Helen Middleton Murry, granddaughter of literary critic John Middleton Murry and daughter of Science Fiction author Richard Cowper. They were married in 1980. Helen worked as a secretary at the BBC and Jamie struggled to make a living as an ASM at the Royal Court Theatre while harbouring designs to direct. Still young and penniless, they then had children. Two things followed the birth of Ben and Jack…


The first was that Jamie discovered he could write children's stories. The first story he ever wrote was called The Spaghetti Man. His eldest son, Ben, was just four and refused to eat whatever had been cooked for dinner. On holiday in France, the family drove past a shop that sold pasta. "If you don't eat your food tonight," Jamie said to Ben, "I shall bring you back to the pasta factory tonight and the spaghetti man will turn you into lasagne. Then we'll eat you tomorrow for lunch." That night, Ben ate everything on his plate. Nothing Jamie had done before prepared him for the thrill of watching children believe his stories. He never knew lying could be so much fun!

Jamie has published over twenty-five titles now, ranging from picture books and first readers to novels and books of short stories. Two elements link all of his stories - comedy, and a love of the grotesque. His titles include The War Diaries of Alistair Fury (six volumes), Johnny Casanova - the unstoppable sex machine, The Changing Face of Johnny Casanova, The Dreaded Lurgie, A Stitch In Time, Free The Whales, One Hot Penguin, Mr Mumble’s Fabulous Flybrows, The Vile Smile, The Last Chocolate Biscuit, Looking After Murphy and Giddy Goat - and his highly successful series of cautionary tales, Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids (Smarties Prize winner), Fearsome Tales For Fiendish Kids, Ghostly Tales For Ghastly Kids and More Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids, which form the basis for the award-winning television series on CiTV, Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids.


The second was that Jamie got a job as a BBC Light Entertainment Radio producer where he was responsible for such Radio 4 shows as The Michael Bentine Show, The Wow Show and The History of Rock, and where he won two Sony Awards and the Premios Ondas Award for his work on In One Ear and Radio Active. This led eventually to work in television, where over twenty years he has continued to produce comedy shows for all the major British broadcasters on a wide range of programming - Smith & Jones was nominated for a BAFTA, Faith In The Future won a British Comedy Award and KYTV was awarded the Silver Rose of Montreux. He has just finished writing and producing The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury for BBC1.

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In the early 1990’s he set up his own Independent Production company with Nigel Planer. It is called Little Brother Productions and specialises in animation and comedy. He has written and directed several programmes. Most notably Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids on CiTV which has won numerous awards. Apart from four BAFTA nominations, it won Best Children’s Series and the prestigious Children’s Choice prize at the 2004 British Animation Awards; Best International Children’s Production at Canada’s Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival 2001; Best Childrens’ Series at the New York Film Festival; Best Short Film at the International Festival of Cartoon and Comics (Italy); a Silver Globe at the Golden Gate Film Festival in San Francisco; Best TV Series for Children at the Bradford Animation Festival ; Best Series at Cartoons on the Bay in Italy; Runner up at the RTS awards and, second in the Fiction6 - 11 category at 2003 Prix Jeunesse International competition.

Other programmes include; Animal School and Pop Skool for the BBC, Willo The Wisp for Disney Playhouse, a feature film called www.fatherchristmas.con and The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury for CBBC.

Jamie is still happily married to Helen. They live in South London with a boxer dog and two foxes under their garden shed. And yes, the boxer is a surrogate child, because both Ben and Jack have left home.



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Jamie Rix in Duntocher Library

I have visited many schools up and down the country and will happily visit yours! If you are interested in booking me to visit your school please contact me direct or Jan Powling at Speaking of Books. My sessions are story led, that is to say readings from Grizzly Tales, Alistair Fury, Johnny Casanova, Free The Whales,The Last Chocolate Biscuit and Giddy Goat, followed by questions and answers from the children about writing in general and my experience as a writer in particular. Schools put classes together so that I am doing 3 or 4 one-hour sessions during the day with time at the end for signing books. If the older children are keen to ask lots of questions I will happily stretch to 75 minutes.

Here’s a link to the website of Michael Faraday School where you can watch me talking to the children during Book Week 2009.



10 Things you didn't know about Jamie Rix

  1. As a child Jamie was shot in the eye by a air gun pellet.

  2. He ran marathons until he got a bad back.

  3. His favourite author is Roald Dahl.

  4. He had a trial for Chelsea FC.

  5. He once broke his leg jumping off a stage to get to the bar.

  6. He loves cooking (and peanut butter and jam sandwiches).*

  7. His boxer dog is called Buster

  8. As a child he made Airfix models of monsters and painted them with blood.

  9. He started to go bald when he was nineteen.

  10. He is Johnny Casanova and Alistair Fury!

  11. He hates numbered lists.


MAD MASH (enough for 4)

8 Sausages

2 lb potatoes

2 Tins of Baked Beans

One knob of butter

Salt and pepper

Milk, single cream or crème fraiche (your choice)

I bottle of green food dye

I bottle of black food dye


Tomato Ketchup

I bottle of blue food dye

Peel the potatoes, cut into small evenly sized pieces and put in salted water. Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 15 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

While potatoes are boiling turn on the grill to medium. Prick sausages once with fork and place on grill pan. Put sausages under grill. Turn sausages every 2 minutes or so to make sure that they don’t burn. Cook sausages for approximately 10 minutes until they are brown all over.

Open tins of beans and put into Pyrex dish. Heat beans in Microwave for approximately 3 minutes or until bubbling hot! (Alternatively, if you don’t have a Microwave, put beans in non-stick pan and put on gentle heat for approximately 5 minutes)

With a couple of minutes to go before the sausages are ready, take the soft potatoes off the heat and drain off the water by pouring potatoes into a colander. Return potatoes to pan and mash them with a large knob of butter, a large splash of milk, single cream or crème fraiche (depending on how creamy you like it!), and salt and pepper.

Take the beans out of the Microwave and stand on the side

THEN (and this is the fun bit!)

Add green food dye to potatoes and stir in until green all over.

Add black food dye to beans and stir in until black all over

Put sausages, green mash and black beans on plate and serve with a small bowl of brown tomato ketchup which you can easily make by squeezing some tomato ketchup into a small bowl and adding blue food dye!

Your main course has been a triumph, but no dinner party is complete with dessert.

BLOODY BANANA (enough for 4)

4 Bananas

One pot of single cream


I bottle of black food dye

I bottle of red food dye

Put one banana into a bowl and mash it with a fork until it is soft and delicious. Add black food dye. Continue mashing until it is all black.

Open the pot of cream and stir in red food dye until the cream is the colour of blood.

Pour the red cream over the black banana and sprinkle with sugar to taste.

Enjoy! I hope you are sick!



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