The University of New England is kicking off its 2014 Writers and Illustrators in Residence program next week. The first special guest is Tina Matthews – author, illustrator and puppeteer – who will be in residence at UNE from 24 May until 9 June.
Tina has had a diverse and fascinating career, working with luminaries in puppetry and design such as Jim Henson and Brian Froud, and working for children’s television in Australia on programs including Bananas in Pyjamas, Johnson and Friends, and The Upside Down Show.
She is also the creator of beautiful picture books, including the wood-cut inspired updating of the Little Red Hen story, Out of the Egg, A Great Cake, which celebrates the art of baking, and Waiting for Later, which explores the delights of delay.
Tina Matthews most recent book, Wonderful Town, celebrates the life of small towns everywhere. While in Armidale, she will continue her latest project, a retelling of the classic folk tale, The Three Sillies.
Tina’s artistic talents have also seen her work at NIDA and for the Bell Shakespeare Company.
On Thursday 29 May, Tina will be presenting a public appearance – From Puppets to Picture Books: A Conversation with Tina Matthews.
Dr Elizabeth Hale, director of the Writers and Illustrators in Residence Program at UNE, will be facilitating the conversation with Tina.
“It is very exciting to have someone of Tina’s talent and experience as our first Resident for 2014,” Dr Hale said.
“In the public ‘conversation’ with Tina, we’ll be discussing the process of design for television, book, and theatre formats. Tina will also give her valuable insights into making one’s way in a creative career. From such a successful individual, this is sure to be a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in the creative arts.”
From Puppets to Picture Books: A Conversation with Tina Matthews will take place on Thursday 29 May in Arts Lecture Theatre 3, Arts Building E11 at UNE from 4:10pm, followed at 5:30 by the launch of Emeritus Professor Julian Croft’s new book, Out of Print in Booloominbah Chancellery Room.
All are welcome and encouraged to come along to this great event. For more information, please contact Dr Hale on firstname.lastname@example.org