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Tina Wilson is a writer and illustrator with a passion for children’s books.
The first two books in her series for young children, Monkey’s Great Adventures, encourage kids and adults alike to explore their imagination and their relationship with those around them through the love of toys.
Combining photography, design and handmade knitted characters (lovingly made by her mother), the book also features a CD of music created by award-winning illustrator/composer Matt Ottley.
The first book in the series, Afloat in Venice, will be released in September 2021 and performed in Perth as part of The Sound of Picture Books initiative in partnership with The Literature Centre, The West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Yamaha.
In a prior life, Tina was the founder and creator of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (now known as The Lester Prize), Australia’s third richest portrait prize and in 2018 was honoured to become a Patron of the prize. In 2013 she was awarded the City of Perth Premiers Active Citizenship Award for her contribution to the arts.
Tina spends her time moving between painting, drawing, writing, publishing, creating children’s books...and drinking chai! She is also busily working on her first adult novel.
WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME
Besides making me the most nervous I have been since High School...the CYA Conference gave me the confidence in my skills as a writer and illustrator. The five minute pitch sessions were frightening, but an exceptionally valuable experience. It forced me to really think about what I was doing and why.