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Posted in activities, Events, Writers' Festivals, tagged 2012 Perth Writers Festival Family Day, Briony Stewart, Cristy Burne, Frane Lessac, James Roy, Mark Greenwood, Oliver Phommavanh on February 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Yesterday was Family Day at the Perth Writers Festival and we had a brilliant time wandering about the grounds of UWA listening to free talks and bumping into authors and illustrators of our favourite books.
Here’s a photo of other people who were also wandering about enjoying the literary goodness of the day. ———————————————————————->
We started the day in the tropical grove listening to Cristy Burne talking about school camping trips and Japanese horror stories (it turns out there’s not much difference). James Roy was giving out some good writing tips to keen young writers in his audience. Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac had their audience roaring with laughter, stamping feet … and throwing plastic fruit … as they performed the story of The Greatest Liar on Earth—their new picture book. There were also baby animals to help launch Karen Blair‘s book Baby Animal Farm (and cupcakes, too). And heaps of other author and illustrators talks which we didn’t get to because we were so interested in each session we kept forgetting to duck out halfway through to check out the others that were running at the same time. (OOPS—did you go to any others? Let us know what you thought in the comments!)
Here’s a photo of Briony Stewart, author of the Kumiko and the Dragon series.
(She looks like she’s singing opera in this shot, but actually she’s talking about the bravery of the characters in her story.)
And a shot of author and comedian Oliver Phommavanh signing a copy of Thai-riffic! for us.
And we just had to take a photo of this art installation by Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa. It is called Breathing Flower and it was floating on the reflection pond at Whitfield Court. It’s HUGE and amazing to look at. And it’s there for the Festival of Perth (not just the Writers Festival) but we reckon it makes a good writing prompt for a story or poem …
If you’re in Perth, did you go to Family Day this year? Who were your favourite speakers? (Was there anyone else you wish was a speaker?)
Posted in illustrator, tagged Alphabet Soup magazine, Alphabet Soup turns three, children's book illustrator, children's literary magazine, Frane Lessac, Ned Kelly and the Green Sash, Simpson and His Donkey, Three Quick Questions on October 4, 2011 | 3 Comments »
All through October, Alphabet Soup is celebrating turning three. We have heaps of writers and illustrators stopping by to answer THREE QUICK QUESTIONS and today we are lucky to hear from Frané Lessac, illustrator and author. Her books include Simpson and His Donkey, Ned Kelly and The Green Sash and many more!
On her website, Frané says “Travelling continues to be a major source of inspiration for my work as I render my impression of a country and its way of life in oil and gouache paintings.”
1. Where do you like to draw/paint/sketch?
I love to paint in my garden studio. I planted bright flowers in primary colours outside the big windows. My walls are covered with art painted by friends and favourite children’s book illustrators. It’s also full of objects that I’ve collected from my travels around the world.
Best of all, my cat and dog come in and join me when I work.
2. Can you name a book you’d recommend to our readers?
I’m a picture book person and enjoyed, Flood by Jackie French and beautifully illustrated by Bruce Whatley. It features a lone cattle dog during the recent Queensland floods.
3. Can you offer a word or phrase that kids could use for inspiration if they have illustrators’ block?
Paint as you like, and live happy.
© October 2011 “Three Quick Questions with Frané Lessac” by Rebecca Newman (Alphabet Soup magazine)
(Psst … check back tomorrow, when author Wendy Orr answers our Three Quick Questions!)