Two Sides of the Story: Picture Story Authors

Two Sides of the Story: Picture Story Authors

A picture really is worth a thousand words, creating new worlds and new readers. In this discussion, two of the craft’s leading exponents, Roland Harvey and Alison Lester, paint a picture of the business of making picture stories.

Collaborators Harvey and Lester discuss working together, researching their subjects, aspects of their individual styles, being subversive and how they found their way into the job.


Portrait of Roland Harvey

Roland Harvey

Roland Harvey was born in Melbourne and has always loved drawing. He trained as an architect but is best-known for his distinctive books, calendars and greeting cards.

Portrait of Alison Lester

Alison Lester

Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse as a baby in her father's arms. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.

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