In 50 words:
Briony Stewart is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children, including Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers, winner of the 2012 Queensland State Literature prize for children’s fiction. Briony lectures on children’s literature at university and conducts talks and workshops with children across Australia. She loves live drawing challenges, day dreaming and discussing dragons, bunnies and how to tame lions.
In 200 words:
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Briony Stewart is the internationally published author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children.
At seventeen, Briony received a scholarship from the Art Gallery of Western Australia towards studying a double-degree in Fine Art and Creative Writing at Curtin University. After graduating she published her first book, Kumiko and the Dragon, which went on to win an Aurealis award for Children’s short fiction.
In 2012, Briony completed a 9-month creative development fellowship in the U.K after being selected by the British Council as one of five young, Australian artists excelling in their creative field. Since then, Briony Stewart has published numerous successful titles. Most notably, her book, Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers, won the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize for Children’s fiction.
Passionate about fostering creativity in Australian children, Briony now lectures on children’s literature at university and conducts talks and workshops with children across Australia. She curently lives and works as an author and illustrator in Fremantle, amidst the chaos of two cheeky toddlers, a plant-mad husband and a very silly dog.
In Other Words:
Briony Stewart writes and illustrates books for children. She lives in a tree house made from driftwood and whalebones, which only occasionally gets good internet reception. On calm days, Briony keeps busy, drinking tea and making books. On windy days, the days when she’s dashing around wildly trying to catch the cups and saucers sliding across the table tops, she’s mostly just grumpy and hair-tangled and wishing that she didn’t live in a tree-house. When she grows up she hopes to become someone who studies insects, a professional gift-wrapper, or someone who steals single socks off washing lines. Until then she’s quite happy just making books.