Anna McGregor writes and illustrates award-winning picture books.
Her first picture book Colouroos was a finalist in the SCBWI Crystal Kite awards, her second book, Anemone is Not the Enemy, is currently shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council Australia awards, and her third book, A Pair of Pears and an Orange, will be released in June this year.
Anna is emerging in the industry as a creator of modern, quirky and conceptual stories with humour and heart. Anna also freelances as a book designer for various publishers.
Now based in Melbourne, Anna grew up in different corners of regional Australia – from the Goldfields to the Tropics. Her career in Graphic Design saw her move to London in her 20s where she caught the travel bug and travelled extensively.
Anna has a deep curiosity of all things and finds her ideas by turning the mundane on its head, merging two unrelated thoughts or exploring wordplay – but always with a story that connects to the human experience.
Publishers I’ve worked with:
– HACHETTE AUSTRALIA (Author, Illustration, Picture Book Designer)
– SCRIBBLE (Author, Illustration, Picture Book Designer)
– LARRIKIN HOUSE (cover design for adult fiction)
COLOUROOS – Author, Illustrator & Designer
(published by Lothian Children’s Books/Hachette) April 2019.
ANEMONE IS NOT THE ENEMY – Author, Illustrator & Designer
(published by Scribe Publications, Scribble) November 2020.
A PAIR OF PEARS AND AN ORANGE – Author, Illustrator & Designer
(published by Scribe Publications, Scribble) June 2021.
CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist, Early Childhood for Anemone is Not the Enemy, 2021.
ABIA Awards Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year Long-list for Anemone is Not the Enemy, 2021.
Finalist in the SCWBI Crystal Kite Award for Colouroos, 2020.
Winner of the Story Board category in the Scribbles Creative Writing Competition 2018.
Highly Commended in the CYA Conference, published category.
Highly Commended Andrea Pinkney Writer Award at the SCBWI 2016 Bi Annual Conference.
Short-listed in the Picture Book competition of the Writers Unleashed Festival.
• SCBWI (Society Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators)
• CBCA Victoria Branch
• ASA (Australian Society of Authors)
• ABDA (Australian Book Design Association)