Author, Comedian, Playwright

  • 5 Radio Plays for BBC & Audible
  • 53 Pantomimes
  • 10 Years Performing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2,500 Schools Visited Globally
  • 30 Children’s Books Published
  • Master’s Degree in Playwriting

What I Do...

billy plonka by ian billings

Children's Author

I’m an established children’s author of 30 books, anthologies and collections for Macmillan, EPrint, Tiddley Pom Books and Ventorros Press

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Children's Stand-Up

I’ve performed over 750 children’s stand-up shows in 20 countries, from Uganda to Australia, Switzerland to Thailand. I’ve also spent 10 years performing comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
bbc audio drama awards


I’ve written five national tours, many pantomimes and since 2018 I’ve written five award-winning radio plays for both BBC Radio Four and Audible

Children's Books

“Sam Hawkins, Pirate Detective, and the Cutglass Cutlass”, my first children’s book, was published in 2003 and since then I have written another 29 children’s books for various publishers and continue to tour the globe promoting them.

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the fbg
pirates love underpants

Upcoming Projects

the fbg

“The FBG”, a parody of a very well-known children’s book with illustrations by Mike Bryson.

pirates love underpants

My stage adaptation of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s picture book “Pirates Love Underpants” – touring the UK


“Moby Duck”, my first picture book, illustrated by Hunt Emerson.


Performed Over 750 Children's Stand-up Comedy Gigs

I tour the globe making children laugh! Here’s a selection of my performances from my travels around the globe.

Visit my YouTube channel or click the links below.


Play Video about Thailand


Play Video about Vietnam


Play Video about Jordan


Play Video about Edinburgh


Play Video about melbourne


Play Video about Brunei

Member Of...

What The Press Say...

Awards & Achievements

BBC Radio award
BBC Audio Award Best New Writer Nominee for "Spike and the Elfin Oak”
audible award
Amazon Audiobooks Top Ten for “There Used To Be A Me.”
new york festivals radio awards
Gold for Best Digital Drama for "There Used to Be a Me"
Big Book Award 2022 Longlist
BBC Radio award
BBC Audio Award Short Listed for Best Single Drama for “Happiness”