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Discover the creative process behind best-selling Australian children’s author and illustrator, Shaun Tan, creator of The Red Tree and The Lost Thing.


In this talk Shaun responds to questions that were sent in by students from across Australia, who watched the talk live when it was originally streamed in August 2019.

The award-wining author discusses the motivation and meaning behind his stories and illustrations, often encouraging readers to ask questions rather than reach conventional conclusions. He shares insights into what it means to be an artist, how he develops ideas and some of his own tips for writing and drawing.


Age recommendation: This talk is suitable for ages 11+. Includes themes of mental health.


Made with the assistance, and used with the permission of, The Sydney Opera House Trust


Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House


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