Freya Blackwood was born in 1975 in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in Orange in NSW, Australia. Before she became a children’s book illustrator, she worked as a special effects artist, notably working on The Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2001 to 2003.

She began illustrating children’s book in 2002. Her stunning and iconic illustrations perfectly capture the warmth and complexity of growing up. While warm and classic, her style has a unique quality that renders her work instantly recognisable. Her work has captured international attention and a swag of awards and nominations. These include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal (2010), which is the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s illustration, and the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award – Early Childhood (2007).

Her most recent books are Maudie and Bear (2010), Harry and Hopper (2009), Her Mother’s Face (2009) and Amy and Louis (2006). Freya lives in Orange, NSW, with her daughter, Ivy.

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