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Saturday, 24 October 2015

12 Curly Questions with author and illustrator Graeme Base

2. What is your nickname?
Mr Fixit

3. What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to fix it.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Carefully Considered.
Labouriously Layered.
Often Overlong.
Hopefully Humourous.
Annoyingly Alliterative.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Focused.
Determined.
Fussy.
Opinionated.
Fast.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
The kid in my most recent book Eye to Eye - take a look and you'll know why!

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
Back to 1989. I had a chance to visit Berlin before the wall came down and missed it.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
See, it IS possible to do what you want most of the time and get away with it.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My father. He was someone who loved the concept of optimisation - he knew there was always a best way of doing everything and constantly strove to find it - much to the despair of everyone around him.

10. What/who made you start writing?
Doing illustrations for other writers and wanting to not be told what to draw!

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Antidisestablishmentarianism.
It's impressively long - especially considering it's not Welsh.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
New Scientist Weekly. Ok, it's not a book, but it still has words and pages (and lots of interesting albeit largely indecipherable articles about obscure stuff like astrophysics and quantum mechanics).


Graeme Base is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator. His detailed alphabet book Animalia was first published in 1986 and has since sold over 3 million copies. It has inspired an animated TV series, an app, and is the first offering in a detailed digital education program called The Graeme Base Educational Suite. Graeme's latest book is Eye to Eye is published by Penguin Australia. The book is a journey of discovery featuring some of nature's most impressive creatures. Visit Graeme's website and Facebook page for the latest information about his books and author events.

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