Rory Fellowes

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I began my working life writing fictions and songs but then I got distracted into the animation industry and spent the next thirty years or so working as an animator and animation director. I trained under Ivor Wood, the creator of such classics as Magic Roundabout, The Wombles and Postman Pat. After leaving Ivor’s studio I worked in some of the leading London studios, including The Richard Williams Studio and Hallas & Bachelor. In the mid-1980s he began working freelance, creating animations for innovative music promos and commercials, before being asked to be the Animation Director on “Hellraiser 2: Hellbound” and “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed”.

During the filming of these feature films I realised the potential for computer imagery and animation that was rapidly developing, so in the mid-1990s I re-trained in computer animation. Since then I have worked on TV series, commercials, and feature films, such as “Harry Potter And The Secret Chamber” and the cult Norwegian classic “Free Jimmy”.

I never stopped writing, and will be publishing a collection of short stories and essays and a cd of my songs in the spring.

I live with my wife and two cats in South West Kerry, in Ireland, where I own an old stone farmhouse on a small island. We while away our summer weekends tending our small flock of Soay sheep there and gazing at the beautiful Kerry landscape and the great expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.


  1. I should have thanked you for these kind words a while ago. I have published my latest effort today, on growing old, and came across your comment while going through the process. I hope you are settling in here, and that I need not worry too much about my responsibility, such as it may be, in encouraging you to come to Ireland! For all its faults and the sometimes too parochial world view of the people, it is still the most civil country I have lived in (and I’ve lived in quite a few over the years). Good luck in all you do.

  2. Alex says:

    Crumbs, Rory. From high tech entertainment animation, to living the dream on a remote Irish island. I’m quite jealous…

    Thanks for sharing “just enough”, and writing with insight and understanding, about topics that most folk steer clear of.

    I’m a refugee myself, recently arrived in Ireland after 50 bruising years in two Western countries. I should know this place, because it’s the first country that ever felt like home. Yet I struggle to fit in, in a way that will built friendships and relationships. It was your articles about Irish culture that brought me here, and have been helpful, thanks.

    It’s been a pleasure to read your stories and writings. Long may you keep doing so.

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