Frané Lessac is an author and illustrator, having created beautiful illustrations for more than fifty books.
She was born in New Jersey and lived on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat and later London before eventually finding her way to Fremantle.
Travelling is a major source of inspiration for her work as she renders her impressions of a country in her illustrations.
Here’s a gallery of her work that illustrate the point.
Her greatest ambition is to instill pride and self-esteem in children about their own unique heritage and their ability to capture it in pictures and words.
Frané visits schools, libraries and festivals around the world sharing the process of writing and illustrating books.
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By the way, here’s the first few and last few books Frané has illustrated, displayed at the recent Frané Lessac Retrospective The Art of the Story at the Moore Gallery in Fremantle.
Frané has served on the executive committee of the Australian Society of Authors, and was the Regional Advisor for the West Australian Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators. In 2010, she received the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature, a State Ambassador for National Year of Reading and presently an Ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes. Frané is currently serving on the board of The Literature Centre.
Frané Lessac kindly agreed to discuss her extraordinary career with our editor, Michael Barker.
Here’s the podcast.