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Nicki Greenberg

Author, Illustrator

Nicki Greenberg is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her books include critically acclaimed graphic adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet (winner, CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2011). She has written and illustrated many books for children, and enjoys giving dynamic workshops and presentations for all age groups. In her past life, Nicki worked as a lawyer.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne. Or possibly in Jim Henson’s Muppet studio.

What other jobs have you had?

I worked as a lawyer for ten years. I’ve also been an English tutor and an artists’ model. My least glamorous job was in a supermarket deli: the neighbourhood dogs used to follow me home after work because I came out smelling like salami!

What have been the highlights of your career?

Having my Gatsby adaptation published was a highlight. The book was an enormous labour of love: I had worked on it for five years without knowing if it would ever find a publisher. So I was beyond thrilled to see it out in the world. Receiving a beautiful card from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s granddaughter telling me that she loved the book was quite a moment, too!

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about the power of storytelling to change our lives, and the magic of making connections. I love reading both fiction and non-fiction, and am especially fascinated by books about the brain.

Haven’t I seen you before?

That was me standing up in the County Court and telling the judge that I was there to represent the other side in the case instead of my own. Oops.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I make a lot of funny faces when I’m drawing: it’s essential for creating lively expressions on the page. And I suspect that a few of those funny faces pop out when I’m speaking as well.

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