The Runaway Clothes by Julian Armitstead

What would you do if you saw your own clothes come galloping towards you?”

Join Shoes, Socks, Hat, Shirt, and Trousers as they stand up to the foul MacFogarty! This comic children’s book caper with twenty-four pages of beautiful water colour illustrations by Soham De features values of teamwork, inclusion, facing your fears and looking after those clothes!

It’s also printed with 100% recycled paper and entirely without use of plastics.

Illustrated by Soham De

Find out more about Julian’s other book ‘Follow That Scent’

A bunch of misfit clothes learn to work together to escape their careless owner in a story of teamwork, courage and adventure!


I’m an Oxford based playwright (brought up in West Africa), storyteller and teacher. I write plays, with a particular interest in contemporary social issues.

My best known work is “After the Accident”, a play about Restorative Justice. Published by Methuen and commissioned by BBC Radio R4 in a production starring Jack O’Connell and Lia Williams, it won Amnesty International’s “Protect the Human” award in 2008.

I also write and tell children’s stories. My picture books “The Runaway Clothes” and “Follow that Scent!” are now available to buy in my online shop as well as Blackwell’s, Daunt Books and other good bookstores! As a storyteller, I work across libraries and schools, and was for several years a writer in residence in a large midlands prison.

I’m also warden at St. Mary & St. Nicholas church in Littlemore, where my wife is vicar.

I hold a PGCE from the London Institute of Education, a post-graduate certificate in acting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a degree in Classics from Cambridge University.

And I’m represented as a playwright by Micheline Steinberg Associates:  [email protected]

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