Inspiring Young Readers

posted on 02 Sep 2017

Interview with Jane Tanner

The Letterpress Project has asked authors and illustrators to think about what has inspired them as artists, what their favourite books are and how they relate to their audience - we've also asked them if they themselves are book collectors.

We are delighted to present an exclusive interview with the illustrator Jane Tanner. Jane grew up in Coburg, Australia, and studied fine art at the Victorian College of the Arts. She went on to qualify as a teacher, and taught for a number of years before taking on freelance illustration work with educational publishers. Her first picture book (There's a Sea in my Bedroom, written by Margaret Wild) was published in 1984, and was short listed in the UK for the Cate Greenaway award as well as shortlisted for the Australian Picture Book Awards. She has won or been shortlisted for many awards over a long career, and is known for her distinctive and naturalistic drawing style. Jane imbues her illustrations with light and emotion by mainly using coloured pencils, watercolour paints and soft pastels.

She has her own website which can be found on this link:

You can read Jane's interview with us here: