My friend Norah Colvin wrote this beautiful interview.
It’s always great when you catch someone doing such a great job you wish you had done it. That’s how I felt when I read Norah’s interview with Aleesah Darlison. After taking a course in writing children’s novels, I have such an appreciation for authors that write children’s literature. I say well done to both Norah and Aleesah. See if you don’t agree with me 100%.
Meet Australian picture book author Aleesah Darlinson
by Norah Colvin
This month, it is my pleasure to introduce you to award-winning Australian author Aleesah Darlison. Aleesah writes picture books, chapter books and novels. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, teamwork and environmental themes. In 2015, she won the Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Non-Fiction) for her picture book, Our Class Tiger. She has won numerous other awards for her writing.
Aleesah has written over thirty-five books for children and in 2016, she set up Greenleaf Press, a business designed to provide critical support services to authors and illustrators. The company also acts as a booking agency for school and preschool visits.
Today, Aleesah and I are talking about her picture book Stripes in the Forest. With National Threatened Species Day just a couple of weeks away on 7 September, it is a timely interview. Stripes in the Forest is the story of an iconic species lost.
Told from the perspective of the last wild female thylacine, it provides readers with an insight into the rare beauty and uniqueness of these amazing animals, explains their fight for survival and provides important lessons for future generations.
An emotive and moving story, children will connect with the solitary, stoic and courageous female thylacine who does all she can to protect her young – just as a human mother would do. The story takes readers to a place in the past, but also offers a twist that projects them into the future and offers a glimmer of hope for the survival of a creature some believe may still exist.
Parents and their children will enjoy the rich, vivid and detailed illustrations of the Tasmanian forests and landscapes and the magnificent thylacine as depicted by illustrator and artist, Shane McGrath. Stripes in the Forest will generate rich discussion and raise important questions for young minds.
This powerful and poignant story offers hope for threatened species and shows how, together, we can make a difference.
Welcome to readilearn, Aleesah, we are looking forward to getting to know you better.
Thanks for inviting me.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
From about the age of sixteen, I told people that I wanted to be an author. Unfortunately, everyone told me I’d never make it and that it was too hard to get published. It wasn’t until many years later when I was in my early thirties that I came back to writing as a career option and stopped viewing it as just a dream or a hobby.
Where do you write? Do you like to be by yourself in the quiet, or do you like to write in a noisy space?
Most of the time I write at my desk, straight onto my computer. I type much faster and more neatly than I can write, which helps when the ideas are flowing. If I can’t get to my computer, I’ll write in my notebook and transfer later. If I can read my handwriting, that is…
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