Freya Blackwood draws further praise for children's illustrations

ORANGE-based award winning children’s book illustrator Freya Blackwood is in the news again, this time with the announcement on Tuesday two of her works - Banjo and Ruby Red and The Treasure Box have been short-listed for the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards.

As the daughter of an artist and an architect Ms Blackwood’s passion for drawing began at a young age.

After moving away from Orange to study and extend her talents she returned to make her home here and the awards and accolades have continued to flow.

Banjo and Ruby Red was a collaboration between Ms Blackwood and author Libby Gleeson in the early childhood category.

The Treasure Box which was a collaborative effort between Margaret Wild and Ms Blackwood is one of six nominees from across Australia in the picture book category.

Orange bookseller Margaret Schwebel was at the announcement in Sydney on Tuesday.

“I always like to go because there are so many experts in children’s books and literature and it really gives me more of an insight into the books.

“It was just amazing because when Freya’s books came up on the screen there was such a round of applause - it was wonderful.”

Her husband Philip said he is amazed at the continuing success of the Orange illustrator.

“Her illustrations are just so full of emotion,” he said.

Ms Blackwood’s double- header nomination this year follows on from her nomination in  last year for her illustrations in  The Terrible Suitcase.

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