Freelance newspaper magazine writer designer model maker Daisy Dawes Writer Illustrator Journalist Wirral Merseyside


Writing and illustration

Daisy's beautifully crafted characters have so much soul and personality that we knew she would be perfect to bring Chester and Cheshire West's adoption book to life.

With her relaxed and creative enthusiasm Daisy is as much as joy to work with as her creations. Like all great artists her work appears effortlessly simple yet this simplicity is borne only through real dedication, tremendous hard work, and a genuine love of her craft. I look forward to working with her again.

Chris Blackhurst, Wonderful Life Media, Chester

Daisy was the designer for the House of Lipa for Liverpool is Burning: The Grand Vogue Ball. The house (group) was made up of eleven students from the college and Daisy did an absolutely fantastic job of designing for them.

This was design at its best - demonstrating that Daisy has a cheeky, humorous, practical and imaginative design sensibility. It was a testament to her work that the House of LIPA won the 'Most Outstanding Contribution' Award on the night of the Ball!

She was a gem to work with - reliable, punctual, thrifty (important on a small budget), efficient and brilliant at keeping on top of everything that needed to be done.

I would work with her again like a shot and would recommend her to any theatre / dance / television director looking for a really awesome designer.

Kathy McArdle, Project Producer, Liverpool is Burning: The Grand Vogue Ball

Daisy was commissioned to provide two cartoons to help in our facilitating work.

Her solutions were witty and exactly what we wanted and the feedback from our clients has been great. We have asked her to produce more!

Tim Slack, Director, Appreciating People

Daisy's Beyoncé at the Grand Vogue Ball

Education and workshops

Daisy worked in partnership with the Belvedere Academy enrichment programme by leading weekly Model Making workshops at our school.

During these sessions, Daisy taught a group of students (aged 11-14) to use model making techniques and supported them to plan and create their own projects.

I was delighted to work with Daisy because of her professionalism, range of experience and talent. She was an inspiring role model for Belvedere students.

Stephanie Bradley, Enrichment Co-ordinator,
The Belvedere Academy, 17 Belvidere Rd, Liverpool, L8 3TF 

I was extremely keen to work with Daisy based on the strength of her book, Get Ahead Fred.

I felt that it was a unique take on a children's picture book with the inventive, delightful characters. Having Daisy come in as our resident author doing book signings and craft afternoons was a joy.

She came well prepared with ideas for activities and was always enthusiastic and committed to help us make the most of these events. It will be a true pleasure to work with her again.

Jennifer Dobson, Regional Children's Manager, Waterstones

Daisy has run many sessions in Cheshire West Libraries over the last few years, since 'Get Ahead Fred' was published and she is always a hit with our children.

I have had the pleasure to work with Daisy and Fred on several occasions at Neston Library. They are always entertaining engaging and interactive sessions. Families want to know when she will be visiting again and the children love to meet Fred in person. Daisy is a born storyteller and her unique style and delivery make a visit by her a real treat.

Susannah Hill, Senior Librarian, Cheshire Libraries

The first time I went to Teddy Bear's Story time Daisy was running the session and I was really pleased that I went along as it has since become my favourite group.

My daughter was about 11 months old at the time and I was worried she be too young to sit and listen to a whole story but Daisy's animated yet calm voice held her attention throughout.

The story was jungle themed and what I loved the most were the accompanying activities that were extremely well thought out and complimented the book really well. Among other things, there was an area for younger babies that had soft animal puppets and more animal stories, a craft table where the children could make themselves a snake mobile and a table that had animal-related colour-matching activities.

I have been to other groups run by Daisy and all were just as well thought out. You can tell she takes time to plan the sessions and really cares about what she is doing. I hope to attend more of her groups in future.

Laura Cowen, parent to Willow

Daisy is always very keen to talk to the children and find out about their interests.

She will challenge children to think in different ways, for example one child brought a plastic easter egg filled with sand to show Daisy. She asked which animal might lay their eggs in the sand? The children sitting with Daisy thought about this and came up with some weird and wonderful suggestions. After listening to the children explain their ideas, Daisy went on to tell them that a turtle in fact lays her eggs in the sand. One boy went on to make a turtle from Lego.

Diane Frodsham, Poulton Penguins Nursery

When it comes to Early Years activities and groups, Daisy is enthusiastic, creative and knowledgeable.

She has a positive inspiring attitude, so easy to work with, in fact a real joy. Daisy is professional, loyal and trustworthy. She is always there to support when needed, without taking over, encouraging personal growth.

Sheryl Pilson, Early Years professional, Sheryl's Baby Massage

Daisy is an excellent team player and works collaboratively with the Greasby team and the full staff team, and myself to benefit the service delivery from our cluster of Children’s Centres.

Daisy uses the EYFS framework in all aspects of her role – when working with children and families, when supporting the staff team and also when planning for projects.

Daisy’s practice clearly shows a high level of knowledge of the early learning goals for children and this is evident in the recent planning of a Ready, steady, School (RSS) session that took a ‘Bear Hunt’ theme to a new level. Daisy was able to create an exciting den, a mud path, a snow storm for the children; in short Daisy took the children on a sensory learning adventure that was inspirational to witness.

Daisy has great communication skills and children respond really well to her.  Daisy is able to use appropriate language to engage the children. Daisy listens to what each child has to say responds in a positive language, body language and her naturally friendly manner.   Daisy is also able to connect effectively with parents across a variety of background and understands how influential the parent / child relationship is.

Daisy clearly demonstrated her commitment to delivering services that are progress and outcome focussed and meeting statutory Ofsted and EYFS standards. This can be seen when leading groups and in her evaluation materials, and in her developmental knowledge of the ages and stages of the children she works with.

Daisy will stretch and challenge children, setting realistic but attainable goals.

Amanda Waterfall, Lead practitioner, West Wirral Childrens' Centres

We really enjoyed setting up the themes, to make them magical for babies and parents.

Daisy used her initiative and was able to adapt activities to take into account different children’s interests and stages of development.

Having attended a Makaton course, Daisy led the planning for a PEEP session about weather. She brought in props such as umbrellas, autumn leaves and wellington boots and read What Makes A Rainbow.

Daisy sang I can Sing a Rainbow and used Makaton to teach parents and babies (and myself and another practitioner) the signs for the colours.

Daisy formed strong positive relationships with parents and children, observing their learning and talking to parents about their children’s interests and personalities.

Pauline Parle, Early Years Outreach Worker, Wirral Childrens Centres

Daisy at Waterstones

Daisy at Little Sutton Library

Daisy in workshop action

Editing and project management

As an author and writer, it is important for me to be reassured that the people with whom I am working, in the process of design and publication, are that perfect combination of artist and professional: and Daisy Dawes more than qualifies! 

As a creative designer and author herself, Daisy has the sensitivity necessary to encourage, resource, and sustain the artistic process, whilst also supplying the necessary professional skills and experienced insight to guarantee that what is produced is marketable and competitive without losing any of its integrity.

The capacity to strike this balance is rare, which is why Daisy is such a joy to collaborate with: And that is what working with Daisy is like; because it is a shared goal that she encourages, and she always brings added value to the relationship between originator and facilitator. Also, as a person who it is fun and rewarding to work with, Daisy is second to none: I heartily recommend her as someone to trust with your professional and artistic priorities; which is so essential when the creative process engages with the marketplace.

Ken Pye, Author

I was extremely fortunate to have Daisy working on two of my books, Spooky Liverpool, and my children's book, The Magic Locker. 

Although her creative expertise was much appreciated on both books, the Magic Locker required a more sensitive approach, which Daisy was able to give.  She is extremely creative with a good eye for detail, and was able to make the whole story of the Magic Locker come alive. Daisy has the patience of a saint, and her professional, creative input into both my books, was much appreciated, and made everything seem so worth while

I am certainly looking forward to working with her on future books.

Billy Roberts, Psychic and Author

We asked Daisy to work on the official Seasonal Guides for 2008 because both myself and The Culture Company were delighted with the work she did on the first Seasonal Guide.

What impressed me is that nothing is too much trouble, Daisy used all her skills and contacts within her field and demonstrated exceptional management and organisatonal skills as well.
It has been a pleasure working with her.

Karen Williams, Advertising Manager, Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

Daisy has worked with the Capital of Culture team to produce the Seasonal Events Guides for the year.

I worked directly with Daisy on producing two of these guides and found her support to be invaluable. I felt that Daisy was really committed to the project and I would highly recommend Daisy as both a writer and project manager.

Sarah Klaveness, Liverpool Culture Company

Daisy has worked with us on numerous national commercial projects using her journalistic skills to verify UGC and competition entries, sourcing photographers in far-flung towns around the country and co-ordinating the shoots and sub-editing commercial content for projects running across several titles. 

Whatever the project, you can always count on Daisy to deliver. Her can-do attitude, editorial skills and ability to turn anything around on a tight deadline make her one of my go-to people for freelance projects. A pleasure to work with.

Katie Kulkarni, Invention Creative & Project Manager, Trinity Mirror Solutions

Ken Pye's Discover Liverpool

2008 Capital of Culture guide