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Prolific Melbourne author and illustrator Anna Walker is responsible for some of the most beautiful artwork to grace the pages of children's picture books.

Today We Have No Plans and Peggy are two beautiful, memorable books from last year alone. They both imbue a wonderful calming tone that is uniquely Anna Walker. 

To welcome such talent to My Book Corner is a pleasure indeed. Thanks Anna ...

Tell us about you in 25 words or less.

I am an illustrator and author and live in Melbourne. I have three children, a dog, a cat, a rabbit and a fish. 

What makes you happy?

Oh, so many things, some of them are drawing, knitting, tap dancing, walking in the forest and watching the cat playing chasey with the kids.

Where have you always wanted to visit, but haven’t made it to … yet?

I have always wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands. I am fascinated by the creatures that live there. 

Where is your favourite place to illustrate / write? 

My favourite place to write and illustrate is my studio, which I share with a printmaker and a graphic designer. The studio feels peaceful and there is lovely space to think and create. My desk is filled with wooly and feathery creatures I have made, inks, brushes, yellow tulip lights and tiny wooden birds. {Play the trailer below for a visual guide to Anna's creative place}

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? 

That everyone in the world could have a full and vibrant life.

What’s the best thing about being a published book illustrator?

Seeing characters I created translated into a book and sharing in a child’s imagination. 

What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?   

When my son was four, we were walking along the street and he asked, “Is this where the hormones live?”  I tried to think about how I was going to answer, when I noticed he was looking at the base of a tree. I said laughing “Do you mean Gnomes?” And he said “Yes!” Explaining where gnomes lived was a much easier answer!

Who or what inspires you? 

Totoro, Amigurumi toys, birds and passionate people.

What is your worst habit? 

Worrying

Your favourite word(s)?

When I read this question the word ‘acorn’  popped into my head and wouldn’t leave, so ‘acorn’ it is. When I hear the word acorn I think of amusing characters with hats, they are so tiny but can quietly grow into a wise tree. An ‘acorn’ to me is childhood and the passing of seasons. 

What’s on your reading pile at the moment?

Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. I have just finished A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Can you give us a cheeky glimpse / hint at your next project?

I am working on a busy, cheeky character in a simple, fun story for little ones. He likes scooting down the hallway and surprise hugs! 

Did we forget anything? 

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”
? A.A. Milne

 Just for fun

Tea or coffee?  Coffee

Paper books or e-books? Paper books

Vegemite or Marmite? Vegemite

Write or type? Write. I love my paper diary and journal.

Poetry or prose? Poetry

Beach or bush? Forests

Hot or cold? Winter

You can discover more of Anna's fabulous work by visiting her website

Photography by Olga Bennet.

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