Jo Oliver is the author and illustrator of three books, Pilgrim, Tatiara and most recently The Light which was released on March 1. She has explored a number of forms of printmaking in her books and has a particular love for the strength and boldness of linocuts.
Jo has worked as a children’s librarian for many years and feels privileged to have shared hundreds of books with children. She was awarded the biannual Australian Library and Information Association Marjorie Cotton awards in 2004 for recognition of her outstanding contribution to children and youth library services.
Jo reflects on the five books that have influenced her.
I remember this book from childhood, Grahame’s prose flowing and floating like the river and Ernest Shepherd’s deft and loving line drawings introducing Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger but allowing the reader to recreate this English pastoral in their own imagination. I still return to this book to comfort and cheer, particularly the chapter Dulce Domum where Mole finds his home again whilst out in the snow.
Oh how we have missed Pussy Galore, played so brilliantly in the film Goldfinger (1964) by Honor Blackman.On May 29, 2015
The Miles Franklin Literary Award was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. The prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the...On April 7, 2016
Katy Mahood’s debut Entanglement is a story based on the theory that chance meetings and interactions often lead to connections later in life. Everything has a purpose.On May 26, 2018
Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear, the bear from deepest darkest Peru with a love of marmalade sandwiches, has died aged 91. He will be remembered as the man...On June 29, 2017
This month has something for everyone, From psychological thrillers to literary tomes.On February 6, 2017
Get in the festive mood with these Christmas romances.On November 14, 2016