Author and Illustrator (see 2009 Fox and Fine Feathers here ...)
Narelle Oliver is the author-illustrator of a number of award-winning children’s picture books including: Leaf Tail, High Above the Sea, The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay, The Hunt, Sand Swimmers, Mermaids Most Amazing, Baby Bilby where do you sleep?, The Very Blue Thingamajig, Dancing the Boom-cha-cha Boogie, and Home.
Her most recent Australian picture book, Home, (Omnibus/Scholastic 2006) was commissioned by the Brisbane City Council Library Services Division and features the peregrine falcons which inhabit inner-city Brisbane. This book has won and been short-listed for multiple Australian awards and forms the basis of the design of the new Brisbane City Council children’s library in Brisbane Square. Narelle’s latest picture book, Twilight Hunt undertaken for NY publisher, Starbright Books, was released August, 2007 in the U.S.A.
Narelle was born in 1960 and grew up in Toowoomba, Queensland, in a family who spent every spare moment pursuing interests in visual and performing arts. While studying for a Bachelor of Education degree, Narelle majored in design and printmaking. Then followed several years teaching at the Queensland School for the Deaf, living and breathing picture books and sign language. Narelle also tutored in Language and Children’s Literature subjects offered by the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland before beginning her first picture book, Leaf Tail (1989).
Many of Narelle’s books have been inspired by natural environments she has explored. The linocut print medium is a special feature of her illustrations which have been exhibited throughout Australia, including Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, WA, Dromkeen Children’s Literature Centre, Vic, State Library of Qld, National Maritime Museum, NSW, and Illustration House, Qld.