Kelly Canby - Four Fab Festival questions

Ever think you spend way too much time on Twitter or Facebook? Don't worry about it!

It could all pay off, like it did for debut author/illustrator Kelly Canby, whose amazing artwork was discovered by a publisher trawling Twitter.

We're so excited to have Kelly's work as part of the exhibition, and to get a sneak-peek at her new book. Whee!

Below, Kelly 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 my debut author/illustrated picture book:  'All the Lost Things'. 
It's official pub date is August (2015) but I have asked the publisher if they could send me some advanced copies to wave around at heARTlines so, fingers crossed they get here!
 
2: Where did inspiration for that book come from?
 
I started writing this story shortly after my mum died in 2013.

I think I did it because I needed to make something BIG. Something bigger than I'd ever done before to both keep my mind busy and also to put something out there in the world that had her spirit all over it.

This book is very much written with my mum in mind so that's where the initial inspiration came from.
 
3: What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?
 
"All the Lost Things" is the first book I've written and illustrated so, I don't know if I'm in a position to offer any advice on writing just yet!

As an illustrator though, my biggest piece of advice would be to DRAW EVERY DAY! It will help you get better at drawing, you'll discover and develop your own style and it's just good training.


 
 
4: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
 
Well, I've just recently read Damon Gameau's  "That Sugar Book" (I can't wait to see the film) and it has really made me think about what we put into our bodies so, breakfast was a bowl of nuts and grains and seeds because, no sugar.
 
Oh, and a nice cup of tea.

Thanks Kelly!

You can see more of Kelly's work and buy her book when 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, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and here's more information about primary school, high school and public workshops.