Rachel Gregg, the 2019 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellow

We are proud and excited to announce the winner of the Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship for 2019 is Rachel Gregg, an illustrator from regional NSW. She will join us in Adelaide in March.

Rachel's project, a picture book called 'Nana Jacaranda', epitomises the fellowship's aspiration to foster high-quality children's literature that reflects Australian voices and themes. In this tale, after experiencing the death of her grandmother, a child looks to the tree in her backyard as a place to feel safe, finding solace in its branches, joy in the flowers it produces and wonderment in the animals it attracts. This story will capture a day in the life of a diverse group of young friends on a journey through their neighbourhood as they find a variety of native trees to embody the spirit of those they have said farewell to, celebrating through the splendour of nature the perpetual presence of those who have died.

Rachel will draw on her own deep connection to the natural environment and its inhabitants in creating this powerful picture book. As well as being an illustrator, Rachel is also a rescuer and rehabilitator of native species.

As well as developing her creative project, Rachel will take part in a co-constructed professional development program.

You will see more about Rachel and her project when our full 2019 Program is announced soon. In the meantime, please visit her website to learn more and view her beautiful illustrations: rachelgregg.com