Clare orchestrates uni return to talk books
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:25

clareHer debut book has won awards, can be found in primary schools and children's bedrooms all over the country, and has been turned into theatre for Brisbane's 2012 Out of the Box children's festival.

Now QUT arts graduate Clare McFadden is returning to uni to talk about the success of The Flying Orchestra and her other arts endeavours.

Clare will visit QUT's Kelvin Grove campus on June 20 as a guest of QUT Alumni for "An evening with Clare McFadden - author and illustrator of The Flying Orchestra". The evening is open to the public, with tickets now on sale for $15 (or $10 for students).

The Flying Orchestra is Clare's first book and has been awarded the 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award, named in the "50 Books You Can't Put Down" by the Australian Government's Get Reading Campaign, and shortlisted by Booklinks Qld as one of the top picture books that best defines Queensland.

Its release helped earn Clare a Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artist's Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to Europe to investigate ways to engage children in the arts.

Last year, she was also the recipient of the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship.

Clare is also a creative producer and facilitator of arts based programs for children and communities. She works in schools, community organisations and cultural institutions across Australia, and has designed for theatre, film and music productions. Her illustrations have been exhibited in group and solo shows, most recently at the 2011 Bologna Children's Book Fair, Italy.

An evening with Clare McFadden is being hosted by QUT Alumni's information professionals chapter. Tickets cost $15 (or $10 for students) and must be reserved by June 15.