CHRISTINA BOOTH

CHRISTINA BOOTH

Children's author and illustrator, Christina Booth, is known for illustrating for well known and loved Australian authors and more so for her own picture books written and illustrated to encourage a love of reading, questioning minds and hope for children of all ages.

Christina was born in Launceston, Tasmania. Her parents encouraged reading and her early passion for art and all things creative.  Her love for drawing and creating was encouraged with supplies of paper and pencils, screwdrivers, and discarded technology to pull apart and reconstruct. This early introduction to reading and creating meant that Christina was able to read when she began kindergarten and her talents at art were noticed very quickly and were fostered by her teachers.

In 1991 Christina decided now was the time to pursue her dream to illustrate books and set herself the challenge to create some illustrations to present to publishers.

The family moved to Wagga Wagga, NSW in early 2000 and it was here that Christina met the editor of Triple D Books who was publishing poetry reciters for schools. After working with a toddler on her lap, sitting on the floor at a small coffee table to illustrate her first book, See What I've Got (Bill Scott, Triple D Books, 2001) was a success and a second book of poetry written by Bill Scott's neighbour was underway. He stated that Christina must be the illustrator.

The neighbour happened to be the incredibly talented Colin Thiele and Christina could not believe one of her favourite Australian authors had requested her to illustrate what was to become his last original work published before his death. Sun Warm Memories (Colin Thiele, Triple D Books) was published in 2003.

Moving back to Tasmania, Christina continued to illustrate poetry books for Triple D Books, with a book for Max Fatchen and a book for Christobel Mattingly soon after (Poetry Allsorts, Max Fatchen,2003, and Nest Egg, Christobel Mattingly, 2005, Triple D Books). Both Max and Christobel, along with Colin Thiele, were very encouraging and mentored Christina through her early days as a published illustrator.

After watching a documentary about Tasmanian devils, she decided that this was an animal she could focus on. She had learnt a lot from the documentary and thought that if she had grown up in the bush alongside these creatures and didn't know about them, who else would? That evening her first picture book was written. Research followed to include an information section, designed for children like her boys, who enjoyed reading interesting factual details, a feature that continues to appear in many of Christina's books.

Always a teacher and keen to pass on the generous support shown to her by others in the industry, Christina has worked in schools running workshops and residencies for young readers, writers, and artists. Her message is to follow your dreams and not to let people say that you can't do it. As in her stories, Christina aims to offer hope to children.

She has presented professional development sessions for teaching students, aides and teachers and is a frequent speaker at festivals and conferences sharing her journey as an author and how picture books are created.

Christina is a member of several literary organisations including being a member and working with the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre as a manuscript assessor, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and is a member of the Society of Women's Writers, Tasmania where she has been interim President and Stylus editor. She helped design the current SWWT logo.

As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Australia (SCBWI), Christina is joint Tasmanian regional co-ordinator and helped develop the Tasmanian chapter, ending the break in isolation often felt by Tasmanian children's book creators and offering peer-run professional development and networking opportunities in Tasmania.

Christina is a two times May Gibbs Fellow, having spent residency time in Adelaide in 2009 and 2017. She is frequently asked to present at conferences and festivals, such as  SCBWI, The Tasmanian Writers Festival, The Hobart Writer’s Festival, The Tamar Valley Writer’s Festival and at a number of Australian School Librarians Association events, including a weekend writing retreat for ASLA members. As a visitor to schools, Christina has travelled across Australia and the world to talk about her stories and her passion for reading and art.

In twenty years, Christina has created over thirty books for children. Many of them winning awards and recognised by young readers across the world. They have led her to opportunities to speak about saving the environment and endangered species such as whales and Tasmania's own purinina (palawa kani for Tasmanian Devil) and the impact of extinction.

She is passionate about encouraging others to tell their stories and to share how books are made, encouraging young creators to pursue their dreams. Christina always tells children that she has the best job in the world and encourages them to find their 'best job' and use their ‘superpower’ to help to change their world to be the best place it can be.

Christina continues to write and illustrate full time from her studio based in southern Tasmania, currently working on numerous projects for the future. She looks forward to visiting schools both online and in person and continues to assist other authors with manuscript assessment services, writing and illustrating workshops and support.

 You can view Christina’s work, book trailers and stories at christinabooth.com

PURINININA, a devil's tale

How little did anyone know how prophetic this work telling the story of a baby Tasmanian Devil who becomes an orphan on the death of her mother would prove to be.

Purinina is the Tasmanian Aboriginal word for the creature we more commonly know as the Tasmanian Devil. The fearsome noise of this little native is enough to chill the spine of the unknowing who don't realise just how small and shy the devils really are in their natural habitat.

The timely writing of the story, when the reality of the plight of the devils in the wild was just beginning to be revealed still holds fast today.

The Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii's own own story has emerged into one of a calamitous struggle for survival, considering the facial tumour disease that has been ravaging wild stocks for quite some time.

Christina's book is an educative tale designed for young children who are beginning to learn about and understand the intricacies and the dramas that can unfold within the environment that surrounds them.

Purinina, a devil's tale, (Lothian, Hachette, 2007) written and illustrated by Christina Booth,

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Welcome Home

Beautifully written and illustrated by Christina Booth, Welcome Home is the story of young boy, a whale - and hope and forgiveness.

To enjoy and appeciate the haunting quality of this story, view the book-trailer Christina has created at:

http://christinabooth.weebly.com/index.html

or

http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/ford/index.php/component/content/article/50-demo-content/books/215-welcome-home

 

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The SWWT Rose Frankcombe Short Story Award is open to all authors, both male and female and anyone in the world can enter.

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