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Mark Wilson is a multiple award-winning author/illustrator with 17 books in print worldwide in nine languages, including Flapper and Beth the Story of a Convict Child. Mark has a passion for Australian history and the environment, particularly endangered animals, exploring this through his picture books and workshops.
In his presentation, Mark will discuss picture books and how different writers and illustrators approach them. We also discuss endangered species and Australian history, the main themes that run through my books. There are also Stories about our history, our ancestors and our heroes.
In workshops we discuss picture books and how different writers and illustrators approach them. He will also discuss endangered species and Australian history, the main themes that run through his books. We work together exploring line, shape, texture and different illustration styles, and discover ‘how to tell the whole story’ in your illustrations.
With diversity in his work Mark is best suited to audiences of Prep to Year 9.
Mark at a recent visit to St Paul’s Apostle North Primary School.
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Books by Mark Wilson
Best Suited for ages 8+ years
A stunning non-fiction picture book that explores the history of South East Asia. Join two children as they journey through the history of Southeast Asia.
Best suited 6-10 years
Molly and her father have emigrated to Australia to try their luck as gold prospectors in Ballarat, Victoria. Life on the diggings is hard and not everyone on the goldfields is friendly. Before long, they are caught up in a protest that will become known as the Eureka Rebellion – a legendary battle that will profoundly affect them all.
Best Suited for ages 8-12 years
Beth is a child convict, caught stealing on the streets of London and sent to Australia on the First Fleet. Through Beth’s story, we discover the unbearable hardships those first convicts suffered, not only on the long journey to Sydney Cove but also in the two years of near-famine following their arrival.
Best Suited for ages 6-9 years
Twelve-year-old Kari peaceful world is shattered when a bomb rips through his village of Kokoda. He searches among the wounded and finds a badly hurt solider and will not leave him. Together they make the perilous journey to safety along the Kokoda Track.
Best Suited for ages 5-9 years
Matthew, a young Australian soldier, smuggles his beloved dog, Digger, onto the troop ship when he leaves to fight in World War One.
Best Suited for ages 6-10 years
FLAPPER, VC is based on the true story of an Australian carrier pigeon during World War II. Raised and trained in Australia, Flapper is sent off to war in the Pacific. While on patrol deep in the jungle, Flapper’s unit find themselves surrounded by enemy troops.