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Freya Blackwood

Freya Blackwood is an illustrator of children’s books.

Born in Edinburgh in 1975, Freya grew up in Orange in NSW, Australia.

The daughter of a painter and an architect, she was encouraged to draw from a young age. She produced many illustrated books when at school but after completing a degree in Design (Visual Communications) at UTS she became interested in filmmaking.

She worked for several years in the special effects industry in Sydney and in Wellington, New Zealand, before eventually returning to illustration.

Most of her books to date have dealt with difficult subjects, in a perceptive and sensitive manner. Some have been published in many countries now and have received several awards.

Her books include Two Summers, Amy & Louis, Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House, Harry & Hopper, Her Mother’s Face and Ivy Loves to Give.

Freya lives back in Orange with her daughter Ivy.

Freya has just won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in England for her beautiful work in Harry & Hopper.