Congratulation to Gwyn Perkins
THE PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR - 2018 - WINNER
Never too old: First time picture book writer wins
award at 76
Excerpt from The Sydney
Morning Herald Article
When Gwyn Perkins sat down to write and illustrate his own children's
picture book, his inspiration was four-year-old granddaughter Sabene,
but he was also thinking about his own mortality and legacy.
"I've lost my hearing, I've had three pairs of glasses, I had a
situation where I lost my balance and couldn't get up and down the
stairs and my wife's fears were happening in front of her, and I had to
be evacuated off [northern Sydney's Scotland Island, where he lives]
because they thought maybe I had a stroke.
"I realised I'm not going to be here forever, and one of the reasons I
wanted to do things like this book, as opposed to animation, is I
didn't want to die thinking I had done a few good ads. I wanted to
leave something behind that people would remember."
Perkins' first picture book as author-illustrator, A Walk in the Bush,
was named Picture Book of the Year by the Children's Book Council of
Australia. The award was announced in Brisbane on Friday ahead of Book
His story of a patient and perky grandfather who encourages his
reluctant grandchild to stroll the Australian bush beat Freya
Blackwood's The Great Rabbit Chase and Philip Bunting's tale of a
peace-seeking owl, Mopoke.
Judges admired Perkins' soft treatment of colour and the way the rich
detail of his illustrations enhanced the text, which subtly
demonstrated the different "nature cultures of the domestic garden and
the bush and valuing experiences in the natural environment".
Perkins' first picture book, A Walk in the Bush, has been named Picture
Book of the Year.Photo: Louise Kennerley
It was a joyous story that would have the reader wondering about how
integral the bush was to our Australian identity, they said.
With no formal arts training and unsure of his own abilities, Perkins,
76, came to book writing and illustration via being a cartoonist with
pop music newspaper Go-Set, and working at the studios of
Hanna-Barbera, which in turn took him into the realm of advertising.
It was Perkins who directed the iconic KFC television advertisement in
the '70s featuring a jaunty jingle and two cartoon children Hugo and
Holly, a series of children's community service ads for Nine in Perth,
and an award-winning World Series Cricket promotion featuring Dennis
Lillee and Jeff Thompson.
Retired on Scotland Island, Perkins would travel with his wife drawing
himself in cities they visited. "I'm a terrible photographer," he said.
"I draw the body language and characters in silhouette, keeping it
He has illustrated five children's books, but never created one on his
own until A Walk in the Bush. A friend and mentor, author Susan Duncan,
advised him: "Never miss the deadlines, darling."
"I never have. I worked midnight shifts to get there."
At the end of his grandson's visit one Christmas, Perkins produced a
journal of Zasch's visit illustrated as if a cat had done it. "He
wanted it read over and over and over again. I thought, 'Great, I can
do jokes for four-year-olds'. That's where my subject matter came from.
By the time I got around to start it he was eight and his sister
Sabene, she was four, and I imagined at all times I was talking to her."
Illustrations by Gwyn
Perkins from his award winning picture book, A Walk in the Bush.Photo: Gwyn Perkins
The award came as a surprise. "It took me ages to say I am an artist,"
he said. "I used to say I'm an illustrator who works in animation. It
took years to work that out. Now author ... " he shakes his head in
Top honours for Older Readers went to Take Three Girls, a collaboration
by three Australian YA authors, Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona
Wood. The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books was won by Do Not
Lick this Book, Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost's interactive picture
book about microbes.
The prize-winning books were chosen from a pool of 444 entries and 36
Chair of the CBCA national board, Professor Margot Hillel, said the
2018 winning and honour books entertained, challenged and informed
their readers through powerful narratives, vibrant language, vivid
characters and in the case of picture books, stunning illustrations in
a broad variety of style and media.........................
Excerpt from The Sydney
Morning Herald Article
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17 August 2018 — 12:00pm
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should be displayed on your car by 1st September to avoid fines. The
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SIRA made a submission to Northern Beaches Council in June, arguing
that the permit cost remain at $316 but this proposal was rejected by
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