How to create art and make a living

Sean Avery podcast interview

Find your niche, know who you are as a creator, and learn to weave it all together to become a formidable artist.

Today’s guest is an author, illustrator, designer, and a primary school art teacher.

His first book All Monkeys Love Bananas was a best-seller, and his picture book, As Happy as a Hog Out of Mud has just won Picture Book of the Year at the 2022 Western Australia Young Readers Book Awards. That’s one happy hog!!

Today, he’s popped in to share his latest picture book, Frank’s Red Hat, offer up some creative tips, and help listeners find who they are as a creator. Everyone please welcome, Sean E Avery.

How to create art and make a living


Title: Frank’s Red Hat

Author/illustrator: Sean E Avery

Publisher: Walker Books, 2022


Book Reviews with Liv

Liv reviews this year’s Dymocks Book of the Year for Y0ung Readers. Runt by Craig Silvey.

A heart-warming, funny, beautifully told story for readers of all ages from the bestselling author of Jasper Jones and Honeybee.

Annie Shearer lives in the country town of Upson Downs with her best friend, an adopted stray dog called Runt. The two share a very special bond.

After years evading capture, Runt is remarkably fast and agile, perfect for herding runaway sheep. But when a greedy local landowner puts her family’s home at risk, Annie directs Runt’s extraordinary talents towards a different pursuit – winning the Agility Course Grand Championship at the lucrative Krumpets Dog Show in London.

However, there is a curious catch: Runt will only obey Annie’s commands if nobody else is watching.

With all eyes on them, Annie and Runt must beat the odds and the fastest dogs in the world to save her farm.

Runt is a heart-warming and hilarious tale of kindness, friendship, hurdles, hoops, tunnels, see-saws, being yourself and bringing out the best in others.


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