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Words and Pictures - Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

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Join dynamic author/illustrator duo Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, creators of beloved books such as Banjo and Ruby RedLook, A book!, and the Cleo stories, to find out just how they make their beautiful books.

Libby and Freya will show some of their books, do some reading, draw some pictures, and answer important questions like:

Where do the ideas come from? How do you work together? And: what comes first - the words or the pictures?

Ages: 3+

Tickets: $15 per child (accompanying carer free and receives a coffee, tea or soft drink)



Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood are visiting Canberra as part of Sharing Stories, a festival about books and translation by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. 


Libby Gleeson AM has published over 30 popular, highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers, been shortlisted for 13 CBCA Awards, and won three. Libby has been a teacher and lecturer and contributes regularly to national conferences. She chaired the Australian Society of Authors from 1999-2001, and in 2007 was awarded membership to the Order of Australia. She won the 2011 Dromkeen Medal, awarded for contributions to children's literature.


Freya Blackwood has illustrated books written by Libby Gleeson, Margaret Wild, and many more authors. My Two Blankets written by Irena Kobold won the CBCA Picture Book Award in 2015 and in 2010 Freya won the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. Freya loves creating characters, giving them emotions and their own small world to live in, and many of her books have been translated into other languages all over the world. Freya lives in Orange with her daughter Ivy, their naughty whippet Pivot and four noisy chickens.

Earlier Event: October 7
Jill Stark - Happy Never After