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Andrew Joyner is a children’s illustrator and author. In 2009 his first picture book was published, The Terrible Plop, written by Ursula Dubosarsky. Since then Andrew has illustrated many picture books, and his work is now published in more than twenty countries. He has also written and illustrated the Boris books, an early reader series about an adventurous warthog. He lives in the Adelaide Hills with his wife and two children – and their many, many pets.
I was born in Adelaide, but I spent most of my childhood in a small town called Mannum, on the Murray River in South Australia.
I’ve been a receptionist, an English Literature tutor at University, and for several happy years I worked in a record store. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time illustrating for newspapers and magazines such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Bulletin, Reader’s Digest and Rollling Stone, among others.
I always try to create humour and a sense of warmth and joy in my pictures and stories.
My work has been published in more than twenty countries, from the US and UK to places such as France, Denmark, Brazil, Israel, China and Hungary.
When Too Many Elephants in this House (one of my picture books with Ursula Dubosarsky) was selected for the National Simultaneous Storytime in 2014. It’s such a wonderful event, and that same week Ursula and I were in Sydney to do a series of school talks as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Plus, in that very week, there was also a stage production of Too Many Elephants in this House being put on by students and staff at NIDA. It seemed like our elephants were everywhere, and I felt such warmth and generosity from the public towards our creation.
Aside from my work and all it involves (drawing, writing, and reading), I love poetry (although I don’t write it), music (although I can’t play an instrument) and food (although I’m a terrible cook).
Feedback for Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner’s 2015 presentations in Melbourne:
The presentation was wonderful. All students from Prep to Year 4 were very engaged and we have been getting lots of very positive feedback from the students. We are getting Andrew’s drawings professionally framed and I am sure the children will love them.
The presentation was incredible. Both Ursula and Andrew were very engaged with the audience which ranged from Prep to Grade 6. They were educational and entertaining and I would highly recommend them for any school looking for presenters for a very special literary event. Ursula spoke about the creative process in relation to writing and collaboration and Andrew, with input from the audience, created a very special story book for the school, showing the students how he could create a character from basic shapes.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to meet such inspirational people!