Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne, best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and won an Academy Award for the short animated film The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people. His most recent books are Rules of Summer and The Singing Bones.
"[...] it will transport and haunt anyone who is fascinated by the
secret spaces of a city." * The Guardian *
"When it comes to originality and genius, Tan is in a league of his own. This collection of stories and poems with an animal-in-the-city theme are intriguing, though-provoking and at times baffling, asking as many questions as they answer, and the illustrations are sublime. One for quirky teens (or adults) who love art." * The Irish Independent *
Featured in The Guardian's interview with Shaun Tan: 'We're not being mean to animals - but there is evil in obliviousness'. -- Sian Cain * The Guardian *
Featured in The Guardian's piece 'Shaun Tan becomes first BAME author to win Kate Greenaway medal'. -- Alison Flood * The Guardian *