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Lucinda Gifford

Author, Illustrator, New Speakers

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.

Where were you born?

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.

What other jobs jobs have you had?

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.

What themes are recurring in your work?

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).

What have been the highlights of your career?

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.

Where have your works been published?

So far, Australia, the UK and Turkey.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about giving children the freedom to explore outdoors and go on adventures, both real and imagined.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Maybe hanging out with the ducks in the outdoor pool? I love to swim slowly up and down… especially on rainy days.

Testimonials

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.

—A.King, Deutsche Schule Melbourne, August 2017

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