Shaun Tan

West Australian born, Shaun Tan has been winning prestigious awards since 1992 including an Academy Award in 2011 for his book The Lost Thing, (both written and illustrated by Shaun) which was adapted into an animated short film.

Perth Festival goers this year, will be privileged to get tickets to see this multi-award-winning artist, writer and film maker, appearing via video-link at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, West Australia on Sunday, 21 February.

The Perth Festival in West Australia has announced:

‘Few other illustrators and storytellers are able to capture the essence of the bond between humans and their animals with as much care and thought as Shaun Tan.

One of our brightest exports, he will join us via live stream for a conversation about Dog, his redesigned release of excerpts from 2018’s dark and sharply observant collection Tales from the Inner City. As we try to move through a global pandemic, our four-legged friends have never been more important.’


You can delve deeper into Shaun Tan’s world via his website and international booksellers.  The two links below, from Shaun Tan’s website, are the focus for this year’s live event at the Perth Festival on Sunday, 21 February, Dog and Tales from the Inner City.

Shaun recently contributed to a new book, Animals Make Us Human about a red wattlebird that he rescued and named Pippi. You can also listen further about his story in a delightful recent interview via the link below.

A further review below highlights one of the most recent accolades that Shaun has received:

‘In the UK, Australian artist and author Shaun Tan has won the 2020 Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people for his picture book Tales from the Inner City (A&U). Tan, who is of Chinese and Malay heritage, is the first person of colour to win the medal in its history, according to CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), the organisation that administers the award.’


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