Hi I’m Briony, I’m a Western Australian author and illustrator. I have a double degree in fine art and creative writing I’m passionate about all forms of art for children (and the young at heart). When I am not working on books you’ll most likely find me programming events, projects and art activities for festivals and other organizations – that or something weird like wrestling with giant fishing tackle balloons, building dragons, or marshalling your local egg-rolling championships.
My first book was published in 2007, and won an Aurealis award, as well as being listed as a notable book by the CBCA. I have made a few more more books since then, and in 2012 I won the Children’s Book Prize in the Queensland Literary Award’s for Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers.
I have about a bazillion art influences – from the scientific drawings and discoveries of Gould and Haekle, to the mad, rambling drawings of Searl and Blake. I love Victorian era whimsy and illustration, Japanese animation, folktale, poetry, and ABC children’s programs pretty much all the way from the early 90’s to the present. I am a big fan of boyish action adventures like Back to the Future, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, as well as all things hopelessly romantic like Pride and Predjudice.
I am proud to be an artist from Perth, Western Australia and it’s here that I continue to write and paint alongside my two cute-as-a-button children our highly-strung dog and my plant-mad husband.
If you want to know even more about me and how I came to be a writer/illustrator you can find it hidden here…