Sonia Martinez illustrator for Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Fremantle Press illustrators selected for Bologna Children’s Book Fair

22nd December 2011

Fremantle Press illustrators are again set to shine at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March 2012. Sonia Martinez and Sean E. Avery are two of just 26 Australian illustrators whose work will be featured in the Hello! from Australia Exhibition.

Images from Martinez’ Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck and Avery’s forthcoming All Monkey’s Love Bananas were selected for the exhibition alongside The Last Viking by James Foley and Norman Jorgensen, which was chosen for the book showcase.

Fremantle Press Children’s Publisher Cate Sutherland said the exhibition was very visible and created a buzz around the illustrators selected.

‘It features large prints of the illustrations plus samples of the books and publisher information,’ said Sutherland.

‘The exhibition gets a lot of attention from a wide range of international publishers and helps increase our profile and contacts,’ she said.

Martinez, whose first book with bestselling author Craig Silvey earned her a coveted CBCA Crichton Award short-listing for Best New Illustrator, said she was excited about exhibiting her artwork at the Bologna Book Fair.

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck took many years to illustrate, with a false start or two along the way, so it is fantastic to have the results recognised in this way,’ said Martinez.

Avery, whose book will be launched in March 2012, said he was excited by the early attention for All Monkey’s Love Bananas.

‘It’s crazy to think that in just three months time my book will be out and my illustrations will be on display in Perth and Bologna – it’s a great start,’ said Avery.

Books previously featured in the exhibition and book showcase that have secured international rights sales include Ambelin Kwaymullina’s Crow and the Waterhole and Caterpillar and Butterfly plus Ken Spillman and Chris Nixon’s Jake series.

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck and The Last Viking are both available now from all good bookstores and Fremantle Press ( All Monkeys Love Bananas will be published in March 2012.

Hello! from Australia is presented by Books Illustrated and The Australian Publishers Association and is proudly supported by CAL’s Cultural Fund. The exhibition promotes Australian culture and literary culture internationally; and showcases the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books through the work of a range of outstanding Australian children’s book illustrators.

The annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair, held in Bologna Italy, is the premiere international children’s rights event attracting over 4500 attendees from nearly 70 countries.

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