After returning from Jordan with a major in Arabic studies, Khairul became a secondary school teacher based in Shah Alam. He is currently teaching Arabic language and Islamic studies.
He was introduced to picture book illustration when he attended the Book Council's Teachers Author Programme in 2012, in addition to other workshops organised by Kota Buku, PeRUPA (Malaysia Visual Art Association) and Shah Alam Gallery. He credits his two mentors, Yusof Gajah and Izzah Aziz for their coaching and advice.
Khairul recently won the second prize in the inaugural YGL-Oyez! Picture Book Award 2015, a joint award offered by the Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency and Oyez!Books. His submission, Where is Owly? is a story of a big brother looking for his younger brother who has gone missing. Here are a few pages from his submission.
"I hope my picture books will colour children's world, guide them, and they will remember them fondly when they become adults," says Khairul.