Leila grew up in England and spent her first few years making mud pies with five siblings. Not long after completing an Illustration Degree at Bath Spa University, she hopped on a
plane to Australia with her portfolio. Leila has now illustrated over ten picture books including three of her own stories.
Her writing usually always begins with a sketchbook scribble and she enjoys developing story ideas from her illustrations.
Her illustrations are a mixture of pencil, paint, paper and any other bits and bobs found in her studio at home. She loves adding collage to her drawings and often spends a bit too long flipping through magazines to find the perfect pattern.
Leila currently lives and works in Newcastle, Australia.