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Freya Blackwood

Freya_Blackwood.jpgBorn in Edinburgh, Freya Blackwood grew up in Orange in the central west of NSW. As a child she always had an interest in illustrating stories, and so studied for a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she focused on film and animation. After making two short films of her own and working in the film industry in Sydney, she began a graduate diploma in Production Design at the Australian Film Television and Radio School only to be whisked away to New Zealand to work for Weta Workshop as a prosthetic painter and applicator on the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. She then began illustrating for educational publications. Freya won Australia's 2004 Crichton Award for Illustration for her first picture book Two Summers, written by John Heffernan. Freya lived in Wellington for a few years, and has now returned to Australia.

Selected bibliography:
  • Two Summers text by John Heffernan (Scholastic 2003).
  • The Man from Snowy River text by AB (Banjo) Paterson (Scholastic 2004).
  • The Selkie and the Fisherman text by Chardi Christian (Hachette Livre 2005).
  • Emily's Rapunzel Hair text by Cecily Matthews (ABC 2005).
  • Amy & Louis text by Libby Gleeson (Scholastic 2006).
  • Waltzing Matilda text by AB (Banjo) Paterson (Scholastic 2006).
  • Half a World Away text by Libby Gleeson (Arthur Levine Books 2007).
  • No Room for a Mouse text by Kyle Mewburn (Scholastic 2007).
  • Her Mother's Face text by Roddy Doyle (Arthur Levine Books 2008).
  • Henry & Hopper text by Margaret Wild (Omnibus 2009).
  • Ivy Loves to Dance (Little Hare 2009).
  • Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House text by Libby Gleeson (Little Hare 2009).
Awards:
  • CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2004 shortlist for Two Summers.
  • Crichton Award for Illustration Australia 2004 for Two Summers. 
  • CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood 2006 shortlist for Emily’s Rapunzel Hair.
  • CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood 2007 Winner for Amy & Louis.
  • Storylines Notable Books 2008 Picture Books list for No Room for a Mouse.
  • Kate Greenaway Medal 2010 for Henry & Hopper.

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