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Illustrious adventures

7 March 2018 | Posted in: News

Written by: Rayannon Innes | Image: ‘Grace and Katie’, Liz Anelli Illustration

When remembering the first stories one fell in love with as a child, it’s often the pictures jumping out at each page that stand the test of time. Whether it be the forest kingdom of Where The Wild Things Are or the fuzzy outback search party of Possum Magic, childhood adventure sparks at the illustrated word.

It’s bringing this magic onto the page that illustrator Liz Anelli continues to build her impressive career upon. So impressive is Liz’s lifelong work as a children’s book illustrator that she was recently  elected onto the executive board of directors for The Australian Society of Authors. Serving as the core representative for illustrators on the board, Liz will be responsible in advocating programs that promote cultural diversity and visual literacy across Australia.

This new role hasn’t settled the modern-day explorer in her however, with flights booked and a fuel tank filled for a trip around the northern parts of Darwin planned mid next month. Tasked to illustrate Pamela Freeman’s upcoming book Dry to Dry, Liz will be basing her research on the native life and seasonally unique environment that occupies Kakadu National Park and Croker Island. With a string of school workshops planned over her trip, Liz looks forward to hearing the stories of Darwin’s natural surroundings first-hand from the local children she’ll meet along her travels.

Until then, you can catch Liz at the upcoming Newcastle Writers Festival leading workshops at the Newcastle Library on Friday the 6th of April. Inspired by her recent picture book Grace and Katie, Liz will explore ‘Places and Plans’ where students are encouraged to re-design the city centre by drawing their own creations onto Liz’s illustrated map.