Hannah was born in the month of December on a cold and snowy day in Dulwich, and grew up in Streatham, South London not too far from Streatham Common.

Her father is a Structural Engineer and a fellow of the IStructE and her mother was a hairdresser. She attended Rosemead School in Dulwich and then St. Christopher’s The Hall School in Beckenham before moving to West Sussex.

Hannah has always wanted to write a children’s book and from a young age wrote poetry and was an enthusiastic artist.

She was heavily into art and drama at school, and would regularly attend ‘The Royal Schools of Music Festival of Speech and Drama’ every year, performing poems and songs, including some poems that she had written herself. It was her Drama teacher at St Christopher’s who introduced her to poetry and a love of rhyming verse.

She went on to study art at college and then followed her father into technical drawing and the world of construction and engineering. Hannah studied Civil Engineering at Greenwich University and sat her professional qualifications with the ‘Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE). She has been involved with some of the most iconic construction projects in the world including the London 2012 Olympics. In April 2016 Hannah was asked by the ‘Institution of Civil Engineers’ to write an article about her career, and her role on the 2012 Olympics project for ‘National Women in Engineering Day’, which was published across the globe. You can read Hannah's article HERE

She is a current member of The Institute of Civil Engineers, The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and a Fellow Of The Royal Society Of Arts.

 

Hannah’s first Children's book is titled "Inky Babble" and was released through Toil & Trouble Publishing on the 5th December 2016. She is currently working on her second book, which will be released in 2018.

 

She is an accomplished artist and  ​produces all of her illustrations by hand, using water colour and artists colouring pencils with ink.

​Hannah currently resides in Kent with her husband Simon, who is also an artist and their son.

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