Fiona Burrows is the author/illustrator of ‘Violet and Nothing’ (Fremantle Press 2019), a picture-book about a little girl with lots of big ideas, which was shortlisted for the 2019 WA Premier’s Prize for Writing for Children. She is also the illustrator of picture-books ‘The Day We Built the Bridge ‘ (written by Samantha Tidy, MidnightSun Publishing 2019) ‘Twelve Days of Kindness’ (written by Cori Brooke, New Frontier Books 2019 (hardback) and 2020 (paperback)), and ‘The Friendly Games’ (written by Kaye Baillie, MidnightSun Publishing, 2020).
Fiona has a BA(Hons) and PhD in Literature and has taught writing at university for a number of years. She has experience in public speaking and loves talking to kids and adults of all ages about writing, drawing, reading, and creativity. Fiona has appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Adelaide Writers’ Festival, the Margaret River Writers’ Festival, the Awesome Arts Festival, and the Scribblers Festival. Original artwork, prints and drafts from her book Violet and Nothing were exhibited at the State Library of WA’s Story Place in 2019.
Fiona wrote her first picture-book at six years old, and she has been in love with making books ever since. Her favourite part about being an author-illustrator is visiting schools and speaking to kids about how they can use their imagination to write stories, make art, and create their own books. She is available for workshops, author/illustrator talks, PD sessions, panels, and small or large group presentations on all aspects of writing, illustrating and being an author/illustrator. She is happy to build a workshop around a requested theme or outcome, or work with you to create a targeted session to suit your audience.