About Me

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I am a writer and illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. My first three picturebooks are being published in 2019: ‘The Day We Built the Bridge’ (with Samantha Tidy; MidnightSun Publishing, Feb 1st 2019); ‘Violet and Nothing’ (Fremantle Press, May 1st 2019); and ‘12 Days of Kindness’ (with Cori Brooke; New Frontier, Nov 2019). I have also illustrated another picturebook, ‘Footprints of Faith: The Life of Mary Ward’ as part of a national project commissioned by the Australian Loreto Schools Advisory Council, and am working on a forthcoming project with MidnightSun.

I currently work as an academic adviser at a university, where I coordinate an entry pathway program, teach writing and research skills, design learning materials, and create digital content. I have a BA (Hons) and a PhD in English Literature — my thesis looked at the links between poetry, metaphor and synaesthesia in the early twentieth century — and I have taught creative writing, poetry, literature and academic writing at university. I am also interested in looking at children’s literature from a research perspective, particularly in relation to multisensory perception, metaphor, and creativity.

In the past I have worked with young children, highschool kids, and university students, and I'm especially passionate about educating through creativity, multisensoriality, and the Arts. I am available for school and library visits, art or writing workshops (children and adults) and author/illustrator talks, and I love collaborating with other artists and educators — please send me an email (hello@fionaburrows.com)

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OTHER AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS

2019: Presented at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Margaret River Writers’ Festival

2017: 'Silent Night, 1974' published in Westerly

2016: 2nd Prize in the CYA Writing and Illustrating Competition, Aspiring: Picture Book, Primary School category

2015: Highly Commended in the ASA Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency Award

2015-2018: Exhibited in various exhibitions at Paper Bird Children's Books & Arts

2015: Portfolio accepted on The Style File (view it here)

2015: 'Wentworth Falls' published in Australian Poetry Journal 4.2

2015: 'Out the Back' published in Writ Poetry Review, Issue 1

2009: Highly Commended, Town of Mosman Park Open Art Awards

2008: 'Ophelia' published in DotDotDash, Issue 1

2002: 1st Prize, Town of Mosman Park Youth Art Awards

2001: 2nd Prize, Town of Mosman Park Photography Awards

2001/2002: Iona Presentation College Prize for Art

I am available for school and library workshops and visits, at ASA standard rates. Please email me for more information.

I am available for school and library workshops and visits, at ASA standard rates. Please email me for more information.

Article in The Post Newspaper

Article in The Post Newspaper

Presenting at the 2019 Sydney Writers’ Festival Family Day

Presenting at the 2019 Sydney Writers’ Festival Family Day


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My Favourite Things

I love picturebooks as much now as I did when I was a child. There is something in that magical interplay between words and images – between what is said and unsaid, what is real and imagined – that just doesn’t exist in any other form.

I’m attracted to picturebooks which take slightly difficult subjects and give them imagination, depth and ambiguity – I think children can understand a lot more than we give them credit for. Like Sendak, I see the parallels between picturebook and poem, in their immediacy, their visuality, and their unique way of capturing so much within so little.

THINGS I LOVE: musical words; poetic ideas; strangeness; characters who show you something you didn’t know about yourself; imaginary worlds; childhood comforts; creative ways of looking.

I am especially smitten with picturebook illustration — contemporary, vintage, Australian, international, classic, whimiscal ... my collection grows faster than I can find shelf space! I am drawn to illustration that surprises me, moves me, or causes me to catch my breath. I love detail, intricacy, rampant colour, delicate line, graphic simplicity. I don’t believe children's illustration needs to fit into a certain style or aesthetic, and I love illustrators who break the rules and push the boundaries of what we think picturebooks should be.


To see more about my picturebook collection, check out Little Dogeared Books — a new series I am writing for the creativity website Make Your Own Rabbit Hole.

www.makeyourownrabbithole.com

Or follow me on Instagram: fiona_burrows_illustration