Meet Andrew Plant

06 Jun

Andrew Plant is a man with many skills to his name! Although he trained as a zoologist, he is now an illustrator, author, science educator, and theatre designer, director and choreographer! He  wrote, designed and illustrated his latest picture book, The Poppy. Set in the small town of Villers-Bretonneux, this picture book is a visual masterpiece made up of over 70 exquisite paintings but it’s the uplifting and true story of remembrance and commemoration that make this book shine brightly. This picture book will appeal to readers from seven to seventy seven! A timeless story, beautifully told.

“It’s taken over two years of researching, designing, and painting, plus two trips to France and the subject of the story, the small town of Villers-Bretonneux. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will over the next few years as Australia begins its commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War. “ Andrew Plant

Young writers (7 – 12yrs) can meet and attend a writing workshop with Andrew at The Writer’s Masterclass on July 3rd, 2014. In Andrew’sworkshop, you’ll explore the importance of choosing those essential words that bring a picture to life. Is a picture really is worth a thousand words? You’ll also discover how five words could make or break your story!

Today Andrew Visits The Blog to Answer

Our Ten Quick Questions


Where is your favourite place to write?

I like writing on paper before typing it up on the computer, and I literally do it anywhere – walking the dog, lying on the lawn, sitting in my studio, in a Paris café. Ideas don’t have timetables, they don’t just appear between 9 am and 5 pm, so I have to be ready to write whenever the inspiration comes.

Who is your favourite author?

An impossible question, as so many authors reach me in so many different ways and genres. I think if I could say just one, it would mean I’m not reading enough. However, Harper Lee of To Kill a Mockingbird has to be right up there. I also love Neil Gaiman and China Mieville for the bizarre and imaginative worlds they create. Margaret Atwood too, has taken me to some very odd places.

What is one of your favourite childhood memories?

Writing and illustrating ‘graphic novels’ and dinosaur books as an 8, 9 and 10 year old in the school holidays – I was never a ‘footy kid’.

Name one essential item you keep on your desk.

Unfortunately, just my glasses – too many years of detailed painting when illustrating books!

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

Creating stuff.

What was the best birthday present you ever received?

A 36 piece set of Derwent coloured pencils – I used them for years.

Characters in stories sometimes have special talents or powers. If you could choose an amazing talent or power for yourself, what would it be?

Without a doubt, flight. I’m a bird watcher, and I still have that dream of being able to fly that everyone seems to have at some time. And I still wake up with a sinking sense of disappointment when I realize it was just a dream.

How do you collect and organise your story ideas?

I’m a magpie, I just collect random ideas that appeal to me. As to whether they are organized in any recognizable way, well …..

What is the best thing about becoming a writer?

The complete freedom to try anything you want.

What do you find most challenging about being a writer?

The complete freedom to try anything you want!

Thanks Andrew for dropping by today! We look forward to seeing you on July 3rd!

Andrew has illustrated over 70 picture books, fiction, and educational non-fiction. He has also written over a dozen, and loves the special magic that happens when you both write and illustrate a story. Andrew’s latest book, The Poppy, approaches the history of Australian soldiers in World War 1 from a unique viewpoint.






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