Mark Greenwood - Four Fab Festival questions

If there's a story buried in history that needs to be told, Mark Greenwood's the one to tell it. His dynamic workshops are fascinating, inspiring and exciting. You'll leave with a thirst for adventure and an itch to create. Don't say you weren't warned!

Below Mark answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1.     What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?

I will be speaking about Midnight, illustrated by Frane Lessac, and Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton.
2.     Where did inspiration for that book come from?

Midnight: The spark to write about the light horse came from a visit to a school in Queensland where I saw the famous photograph of the charge at Beersheba hanging in the school hall. I was instantly intrigued by the photo, and the contraversy surrounding it. I began searching for a story within the story – a tale of one horse and one rider among those brave 800 – a story that would give readers a sense of atmosphere, participation and excitement about that historic event. And that’s how Midnight found me!
Jandamarra: The remarkable story of Jandamarra was inspired by the discovery of a strange object on Rottnest Island that led me to an inspiring, disturbing and enchanting story.
My aim was a book that would deal with important themes of oppression, dispossession and betrayal and would provide a pathway for students to respect the history of Indigenous Australians and to ensure our children question some ‘truths’ about the past.

3.     What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

READ READ READ - and importantly ‘read with a writer’s eye’. Reading is the source of knowledge about writing.
4.     What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I was in India when I answered this question so I had Chai Masala, Dosa and Dal.

Thanks Mark!

You can find out more about Mark and buy his books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, including Mark, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and we'll be releasing more information about workshops this space.