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Sally Rippin is one of Booked Out’s most versatile speakers. She has run workshops and given presentations from Prep to Year 12 in both writing and illustrating. Sally travels regularly throughout Australia to speak at schools and festivals and has recently had residencies in Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai and Ghana.
I was born in Darwin, but spent most of my childhood in South-East Asia, moving every two years because of my father’s job. As a young adult I lived in China where I studied traditional Chinese painting for three years, then later lived in France for another three. Now I am happy to call Melbourne home – as long as I still get to travel!
Over the years I have tutored English as a Second Language to students in Australia and overseas. Now, along with my writing and illustrating, I teach a course called Writing For Children at RMIT University as a part of the Professional Writing and Editing program.
Having lived overseas for most of my childhood, particularly in countries where English wasn’t the first language spoken, I am particularly drawn to stories of the outsider or the foreigner. Whether they be stories of migrants or artists, or angels and vampires, this is a theme that recurs in much of my work.
I am passionate about cultural diversity in children’s literature. Having lived in many different countries the thing I like the most about Australia is our vibrant diversity and I would like to see this reflected more in our books for children.