Posted on 11th June, 2012 by
Driz-Bone clothing store - which since 1898 has been producing genuine, rugged apparel made for the individuals and industries shaping the Australian outdoor way of life - recently interviewed Children's Laureate Alison Lester on their blog. Rugged Times.
With a focus on outdoor living, Alison was the perfect interviewee as a Children's book illustrator and author who loves horse-riding, animals and the outdoors.
Creative Director Stephen Bennett spoke to Alison about her work, creative inspiration and growing up in the country.
SB: What was the inspiration that sparked you to write and illustrate your wonderful and successful bookÂ My Farm?
AL: This was a really obvious one to doâ€”as soon as I found my feet as a writer and illustrator, I wanted to do [this book] because there was so much material from my childhood.
SB: We particularly loved the sketches and story inÂ My FarmÂ of the cattle muster and droving from the lease on Wilsonâ€™s Promontory. Can you share a few of your memories of these times and events with us?
AL: I was actually too little to ever go, so it was all very much a romantic dream for me. We used to wait for Dad and Uncle Jack to come back and they always had amazing stories of, you know, big bullocks theyâ€™d found that had been left in the bush for four years that had huge, big horns on them, and so on. There was a very famous time when Taffy, one of our dear old stock horses got bogged in quicksand on the beach.