The Great Realisation

First performed online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Tomos Roberts’ heartfelt poem, with its message of hope and resilience, has been viewed over 60 million times.
I was invited to turn this poem into this beautiful gift book illustrated by the very talented Japanese artist Nomoco.
Written in the form of a bedtime story, The Great Realisation is a celebration of the many things – from simple acts of kindness, to applauding the heroic efforts of our key workers – that have brought us together at a time of global crisis. It has captured, with magical resonance, the thoughts and feelings of millions in lockdown, as we adapt to a new way of life, find joy in unexpected places, cast aside old habits and reflect on what truly matters to us.
The Great Realisation is a story for any reader, young or old, who dares to dream of a brighter future – of a fairer, kinder, more sustainable world. It is a timely reminder that, even during our most challenging moments, there is always hope.
Out now and published worldwide by Egmont Books, HarperCollins.


  • Art Direction
  • Cover Design
  • Layout Design
  • Illustrated Title Typography
  • Typesetting


  • Tomos Roberts aka Tom Foolery


  • Nomoco


  • Egmont Books, HarperCollins