Frané Lessac


Frané Lessac is an author/ illustrator of international renown having over 40 award winning children’s books. She has a passion to inspire and instill pride in children about their own unique heritage and their ability to capture it in pictures and words. Frané has contributed her distinctive paintings to many picture books including, “Simpson and His Donkey”, named an Honour Book for the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year Awards, Kirkus Review’s Best Books, and a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her contribution to Amnesty International’s ‘We Are All Born Free” celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has been translated into more than 30 languages and sold over 300,000 copies. Frané’s latest book is “Under the Southern Cross” published by Walker Books. Frané’s exciting presentations have been enjoyed by schools and libraries throughout Australia and the world. For more information refer to Frané’s website:


Art of the Story - Pathways to Visual Literacy

Find out the true stories of legendary bushrangers, Ned Kelly and Moondyne Joe. Learn about the heroic story of one man and a donkey and a strange twist of fate that brought two boyhood friends together one last time on the battlefields of Gallipoli. A book safari where students will ride on an elephant, swim with great sea turtles, travel to the islands of the Caribbean and to the deserts of the Sahara.

Frané is a dynamic presenter and shares with students of all ages the process of writing and illustrating picture books. Her optimism, humour and eye for detail in the wealth of stories she has to tell, is sure to hold any audience captive. She will discuss the origins and inspirations for the idea, the research and the balancing of creative interpretation with historical and cultural authenticity in creating books. Frané will share the process of blending words and art into books that celebrate our past and cultures from around the world. Your students will gain insight into the crafting of narrative through words and images.