Interview: Jules Faber

Jules Faber illustrates children’s books for some of Australia’s biggest publishers, including Anh Do’s ‘WeirDo’ series for Scholastic and David Warner’s ‘Kaboom Kid’ series for Simon & Schuster. Back in 2004 he had a book of short fiction published making him an author as well! Jules is a trained animator and has worked on an animated show for Disney, drawn editorial cartoons for numerous newspapers, drawn tens of thousands of caricatures at live events and won multiple awards for his comic strips and book illustration, including the Rotary Cartoon Awards ‘Best Comic Strip’ and the Australian Book Industry Awards ‘Book…

Interview: Rebecca Bowyer

Rebecca Bowyer is a Melbourne copywriter, content writer, blogger, book & theatre reviewer and historian. She’s currently working on her first novel, set in a future when children are parented by professional Maters and Paters. This interview is part of our series investigating where creative people draw their inspiration from.   TRM: What were your favourite texts growing up?  RB: I’ve always loved Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn chronicles and read everything by John Marsden that I could get my hands on, especially Tomorrow, When The War Began. Their characters felt real – I could easily imagine myself into the story –…

Interview: Rohit Kumar

This interview with Dr Rohit Kumar, a cosmetic plastic surgeon, is part of our ongoing series which looks into how creative people draw inspiration from pop culture.   TRM: What were your favourite texts growing up? RK: Growing up I always gravitated towards adventure novels. Willard Price’s “adventure” series was always a great choice and I remember the thrill and challenge amongst myself and my friends to try and complete a collection of his entire series. The stories were about two teenage brothers travelling the world collecting animals for their father’s zoo and the challenges they encountered. It’s probably a…

Interview: Sarah Cannata

Sarah Cannata is a professional writer, journalist and best-selling author. She specialises in working with women running their own small to medium businesses. 2016 is going to be a massive year for Sarah who is launching a digital magazine called This Woman Can and releasing her first picture book. This Woman Can is a digital magazine for those looking to delve deeper into the important issues in life. Meanwhile, the Willow Willpower series is for kids aged between 4 to 7 years old and is all about sending positive messages to kids who dare to dream. It will be available…

How to engage with art

It is hard to appreciate art because we don’t really value the ephemeral so much. I notice it at concerts, people taking photographs and filming the acts on their little phones. Sadly, in the dark, these images are of poor quality – you can’t make out anything – and the sound is usually tinny. Even though I doubt the records we make are revisited very often, they’re somehow important. We know our memory fails. We want to prove to the world that we were there. But my experience of true appreciation involves embracing the ephemeral. This might be the one…

Interview: Susanne Gervay

Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award for her body of work by the International Literacy Association, Susanne Gervay is recognized for her youth literature and writing on social justice. Susanne’s young adult Butterflies is recognized as Outstanding Youth Literature on Disability, while her acclaimed picture books are recognized for their engagement with disability, inclusion, multiculturalism and peace.   Her I Am Jack books have become rite-of-passage on school bullying, adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre, it continues to tour Australian and US theatres. Susanne’s books are endorsed by Room to Read, bringing literacy to the children of the…

Interview: Joseph Sims-Dennett

Joseph Sims-Dennett (Director, Writer, Producer) was born in Oxford, England with a pathological film obsession. In 2009 Sims-Dennett established Sterling Cinema and produced his debut feature film Bad Behaviour in Queensland which went on to win numerous awards on the international film festival circuit including Best Director and Best Screenwriter at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2010. Following the success of Bad Behaviour, Sims-Dennett relocated to Sydney where he forged a creative partnership with Josh Zammit. Together they wrote and produced their first collaborative feature Observance, which premiered at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival and screened out of competition at…