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Lucinda works as a children’s illustrator and author from her colourful, ink-splattered home studio. She loves to draw and especially enjoys improvised sketching with groups of children because – through the chaos – wonderful things can emerge.
I was born in Yeovil, England – but my parents moved back up to Scotland when I was tiny and that’s where I was brought up. I’ve lived in many different places since, and moved out to Australia in 2003.
I have worked as a trainee architect, data analyst, graphic designer, copywriter, cleaner, art studio instructor, bartender, marketing assistant, draughts-person and (most lucratively) as an art director in advertising firms.
My own stories focus on children taking control of their environment and using their imagination. I try to bring humour and warmth into my drawing and love to draw almost anything (with the possible exception of tractors).
Seeing children dressed as my characters for Book Week, winning the Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize in 2014 and getting to meet so many wonderful Australian publishers, authors and illustrators.
So far, Australia, the UK and Turkey.
I’m passionate about giving children the freedom to explore outdoors and go on adventures, both real and imagined.
Maybe hanging out with the ducks in the outdoor pool? I love to swim slowly up and down… especially on rainy days.
We had Lucinda Gifford come to visit and she was great. The kids really enjoyed hearing about how she became an author and it was valuable for them to see the evolution of her drawing over time through the portfolios. They also loved the drawing activity she had them do – many were still drawing crazy creatures days after the visit. Highly recommend.
Tony and Lucinda were brilliant. They adjusted their content and interactions to suit all age groups. We had them speak to 4-12 year olds. I would highly recommend either speaker. Lucinda made hers interactive with all children having the opportunity to draw. Tony had the little ones up acting out the stories with him and even gave us a sneak peek of his new book in production which was exciting.
Thanks for a fantastic book week.