Freya Blackwood Freya Blackwood i(A74295 works by)
Born: Established: 1975 Edinburgh,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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Freya Blackwood, born in the UK while her parents were travelling, grew up in Orange, New South Wales. After completing her secondary school education, Blackwood studied Visual Communications at the University of Technology Sydney. When she finished her degree she worked in a special effects workshop before going to New Zealand and working at Weta Workshop on The Lord of the Rings. Blackwood later returned to Australia and took up book illustration. She acknowledges the assistance of John Winch (q.v.) in kick-starting her career in children's book illustration and names Shaun Tan and Armin Greder (qq.v.) among her favourite Australian illustrators.

Source: the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards website,
Sighted: 28 June 2010

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2016 winner IBBY Honour Diploma Illustration

For Banjo and the Ruby Red.

Awards for Works

Molly and Mae 2016 single work picture book children's

'Friendship is like a train journey.

'There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments.

'There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the countryside.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2017 longlisted Indie Awards Children's
Hattie Helps Out 2016 single work picture book children's

'Hattie is the perfect helper. Or so she thinks! An endearing picture book that any child - and parent - will relate to.

'It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party.

'Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap.

'Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired...

'A delightfully funny story about a little girl with big ideas, from a winning combination of creators.' (Publication summary)

2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
The Cleo Stories : A Friend and a Pet 2015 selected work picture book

'In this delightful companion to The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present, Cleo comes up with ingenious ways to make a new friend and find a pet.

'Cleo's best friend is away, her parents are busy, and there's nothing to do but count raindrops - or tidy her room. Just when she thinks she'll never cheer up, Cleo has an idea. In the next story, Cleo longs for a pet but her mum and dad say no. Perhaps the answer is hidden somewhere unexpected.

'Two more endearing stories about Cleo, the little girl with a big imagination who always finds a way to have fun, from the creators of The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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