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Author and comedienne Gabby Hutchinson Crouch has just brought out a new book, part of the Darkwood series and had asked me to cover a new series of headshots for her...
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (Horrible Histories, Newzoids, The News Quiz, The Now Show) has a background in satire, and with the global political climate as it is, believes that now is an important time to explore themes of authoritarianism and intolerance in comedy and fiction. The Darkwood Series does so in a funny, engaging way that never loses the warmth of humanity, even as its villainous Huntsmen try to dehumanise their victims as well as anonymising and dehumanising themselves. Drawing on inspiration from other satirical stories set in a magical universe such as Shrek and the Discworld novels, the Darkwood adventures create a world where readers can enjoy more grown-up versions of fairytales, while also holding up a mirror to our own society.

Born in Pontypool in Wales, and raised in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Gabby moved to Canterbury at 18 to study at the University of Kent and ended up staying and having a family there. With her close connections to Canterbury and the University she had come across my website, the headshots took place at my offices in Canterbury, using some neutral backdrops and taking advantage of the bright and sunny weather outside we covered a variety of portraits that Gabby and her agent can use across various online media platforms.