Robert Starling started doodling characters when he was little, and just kind of kept going, filling paper, sketchbooks and school exercise books along the way. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, and his debut, Fergal is Fuming!, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award. This was followed by Super Sloth, Fergal in a Fix and Fergal Meets Fern.
He joined forces with Smriti Halls and illustrated The Little Island, which was shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award 2020. In 2020 he also teamed up with Eoin McLaughlin for This Book is Not a Bedtime Story, for which he provided illustrations.
A former teacher, he now enjoys running workshops, talks and writing sessions. When he’s not drawing, he can be found doing daddy duties, trying to bake a sponge that doesn’t look like a pancake, or popping the kettle on.