Bruce studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and Illustration at the Royal College of Art, London. After teaching at a number of art colleges and illustrating for magazines, including British Vogue and The Sunday Times, he published his first book in 1995. When Martha’s Away went on to win the prestigious Mother Goose Award for Best British Newcomer to Children’s Picture Books and was the Overall Winner of the V&A Illustration Award 1996.
Since then Bruce has written and illustrated a number of ‘highly distinctive’ books including, A Night on the Tiles (Methuen 1998), Bad News, I’m in Charge! (Walker Books 2003) and Henry Tate (Tate Publishing 2015).
For the past twelve years he has collaborated with the renowned and much-loved author, Allan Ahlberg, producing among others, The Runaway Dinner (Walker Books 2006), The Pencil (Walker Books 2008) – winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award – and Alison Hubble (Puffin 2015). Their latest book, My Worst Book Ever, is published by Thames and Hudson in 2018.
Bruce regularly gives talks and workshops in schools, theatres and at literary festivals, including Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Oxford.
Bruce is a founding Ambassador for the House of Illustration, the world’s first dedicated home for the art of illustration; from adverts to animation, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design.
Children’s picture books, Graphic novels, Visual narrative sequences, Narrative non fiction, Moving Image
Areas of research supervision:
All aspects of children’s picture books