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…

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…

Four Great Things to Read

Here is a small collection of links which explore similar themes to that reminds me. “The Importance of Reading While Pregnant” focuses on experiencing the uncertainty of pregnancy with a backdrop of advice books and manuals. The parenting books… actually have the invaluable ability to bring together both parts of my being: the familiar one—me the person, and this new one, still being explored—me the mother; my mind as a reader, and my body as an incubator.   “My Life in Dogs Ears” tells the story of a life mediated by literature.   “The Public Voice of Women” discusses the way…