Corinne Fenton has established a reputation for writing beautiful picture-book histories of animals whose lives have become legendary. Her award-winning books include: Queenie: One Elephant's Story, The Dog on the Tuckerbox and Bob the Railway Dog. Her titles Little Dog and the Christmas Wish and One Christmas Eve, were chosen as themes for the Myer Christmas Windows.
Yarra Plenty Regional Library celebrated Corinne’s work in the exhibition Words and Windows at Eltham Library Community Gallery from December 2016 – January 2017.
How and why did you get into writing picture books?
I have always loved books and writing poetry, but I saw a creative workshop advertised and went along. I was hooked on writing children’s books.
What are you working on at the moment?
Always a secret.
Do you have a studio?
Yes, I have a study where I do writing-related work, but for the creative part, I write anywhere, anytime I can.
What influences, inspires or energises your practice?
Animals and people who touch my heart.
What has been your favourite project/s to work on?
That’s a hard question – My Friend Tertius and Little Dog and the Christmas Wish. Both tough, but so worth the effort.
How do you define success?
Being happy with what I’ve created.
How do you celebrate your successes?
Sometimes go out for dinner. I’d love to say with champagne, but I’m allergic to alcohol!
What has been the most touching moment you’ve experienced as a creator?
After about 6 years, finding precious photos of Arthur Cooper and Tertius in the Lilli Library in America.
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
Have faith in yourself. Never give up, just keep learning and growing as an artist and listening to good advice.
Do you have a favourite author?
Yes, Margaret Wild. Always.