Just who do we think we are?
is a peculiar hodgepodge of Anglo/Afghan/Indian/Scottish ancestry.
She spends her time zigzagging between Casablanca, Morocco and Surrey in the UK. In Morocco she lives by the ocean, where she has ducks, cockroaches and tiny tortoises. (She prefers the tortoises to the cockroaches but is trying hard not to have favourites). In Surrey she and her husband are renovating a hundred year-old grain barge called Joja. They drive around in an old London taxi. They are former journalists. They escaped from east London, where they once had a traditional British food shop called A.Gold.
Before settling in Morocco, Safia worked with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, almost starved to death in Germany, and spent years pretending to perfect her French in Paris. She comes from a family of writers. She has two young children and her mission is to help breathe new life into endangered words. Her current ambition is to somehow publish ‘bonnyclabber’, ‘curmudgeon’ and ‘the screaming ab-dabs’ in a single sentence. (That’s one ambition down then, just another jillion to go) . . .
has been a commercial artist for more than twenty years. His first drawing was age 5: it was a red elephant. An intensive study of Marvel Comics and Aubrey Beardsley ensued, then art college beckoned. First he attended Great Yarmouth College of Art, where he achieved the rare distinction of failing the course and obtaining a confidential report so bad that no other place would touch him.
Eventually however, he got his degree in Graphics and Illustration at Kingston Art College, since when he has produced a plethora of work. His folio comprising everything from D.C. comics, book covers, storyboards and film visuals, to animation, and political cartoons. He was political cartoonist on the Mail On Sunday for three and-a-half years and was awarded the Gillray Cup by The Political Cartoon Society in 2004. He as sculpted and drawn the heads for Spitting Image and has more recently, designed some sixty characters for ITV1’s satirical animated show ‘Headcases’. Marks’ current favourite word is Sfumato.
He does not play golf.