Martin Baynton (born 13 February 1953) is a British Author, Illustrator, and TV producer. He is a children’s book writer, he has also written fiction for adults and a selection of his short stories have been anthologised. He is well known for his children’s book Jane and the Dragon (1988), which has since been adapted for television and produced by Weta Workshop. His books have been widely published in the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia, and he has illustrated books written by authors such as Russell Hoban and Kenneth Grahame.
Born in London, Baynton was educated at Hereford Cathedral Prep School and Ledbury Grammar School, and studied electroencephalography at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In the 1970s, he joined St Bartholomew's Hospital developing biofeedback technology, and as a therapist working for biofeedback pioneer Dr Ann Wooley-Hart.
In addition to writing and illustrating children's books, Baynton has been a Producer, writer and director for the stage and TV. In 2002 he teamed up with Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop to create and produce children's television. They created the award winning Jane and the Dragon (based on Baynton's book series of the same name), and more recently The WotWots (for pre-schoolers).
Baynton and Taylor are founding partners and owners of Pukeko Pictures a New Zealand based IP development company creating children's properties for film and TV.
Baynton moved to New Zealand in 1987 with his wife Diane and his children Theo and Terri. His son Theo Baynton who is also a writer and illustrator, was the art director on Jane and the Dragon. In 2009 Baynton and Theo developed The WotWots along with Richard Taylor for Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop.
Baynton has also worked as actor for the stage and for TV.
Martin is a writer and illustrator of many books, and anthologies.
|Jane and the Dragon||writer & illustrator||1988||inspired Jane and the Dragon (TV series)|
|Jane and the Magician||writer & illustrator||2000||A Jane and the Dragon series book|
|The Dragon's Purpose||writer & illustrator||1989||A Jane and the Dragon series book|
|Daniel's Dinosaurs||illustrator||1991||Written by Mary Carmine |
|Fifty Saves His Friend||writer & illustrator||1985|
|Fifty and the Fox||writer & illustrator||1986|
|Fifty and the Great Race||writer & illustrator||1986|
|Fifty Gets the Picture||writer & illustrator||1986|
|Fifty's Christmas||writer & illustrator||1987|
|Why Do You Love Me?||writer & illustrator||1990|
|Baby Floats||writer & illustrator||1991|
|Under The Hill||writer & illustrator||1996|
|Little Red Riding Hood||illustrator||1982||Written by Brothers Grimm|
|Goldilocks and the Three Bears||illustrator||1982||Written by Brothers Grimm|
|Hansel and Gretel||illustrator||1982||Written by Brothers Grimm|
|The Three Little Pigs||illustrator||1982||Written by Brothers Grimm|
|Big John Turkle||illustrator||1983||Written by Russell Hoban|
|Jim Frog||illustrator||1983||Written by Russell Hoban|
|Charlie Meadows||illustrator||1984||Written by Russell Hoban|
|Lavinia Bat||illustrator||1984||Written by Russell Hoban|
|Mousewing||illustrator||1987||Written by William Mayne|
|Welcome to the Wonderful World of The WotWots||writer & illustrator||2009||From The WotWots TV series|
|Three's a Crowd||writer & illustrator||2008||A Jane and the Dragon series book|
|A Dragon's Tail||writer & illustrator||2008||A Jane and the Dragon series book|
|Wind In The Willows||illustrator||1995||Written by Kenneth Grahame|
|Up and Down||writer & illustrator||2009||From The WotWots TV series|
|Over and Under||writer & illustrator||2009||From The WotWots TV series|
|Fast and Slow||writer & illustrator||2009||From The WotWots TV series|
|Out and In||writer & illustrator||2009||From The WotWots TV series|
- Interviews with NZ Children's Authors, Christchurch City Libraries.
- Martin Baynton, Old Herefordians Club.
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