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Graeme Base
Born 6 April 1958 (1958-04-06) (age 51)
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Author, Illustrator
Nationality British-Australian
Notable work(s) Animalia (1986)
Spouse(s) Robyn
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Graeme Rowland Base (born 6 April 1958) is an Australian author and artist of picture books. He is perhaps best known for his second book, Animalia published in 1986, and third book The Eleventh Hour which was released in 1989.

He was born in Amersham, England but moved to Australia with his family at the age of eight and has lived there ever since.[1] He attended Box Hill High School and Melbourne High School in Melbourne, and then studied a Diploma of Art (Graphic Design) for three years at Swinburne University of Technology at Prahran.

He worked in advertising for two years and then began illustrating children's books, gradually moving to authoring them as well.[2] His first book, My Grandma lived in Gooligulch, was accepted by the first publisher he sent it to.[3]

Base resides in Melbourne with his wife Robyn and has three children.

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Notable works

An exhibition was created based on The Waterhole and displayed at the National Museum of Australia.[4]

Adaptations of Base's works

  • The Sign of the Seahorse was adapted as an opera with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2001[5].
  • My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch was adapted as a play by Gooligulch Productions. The play premiered at the Chookahs! Kids Festival (Melbourne) in 2006[6] and is touring country areas in Victoria, NSW and Queensland[7].
  • Animalia has been made into a television series (Animalia), and also is one of the most sold books around the world.[5]. Base was an executive producer for the series, and also composed the opening theme music with Yuri Worontschak.[8]

References

  1. ^ http://biography.jrank.org/pages/1704/Base-Graeme-Rowland-1958.html
  2. ^ Biographical information on Graeme Base from Penguin (US) http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000002108,00.html
  3. ^ Lodge, Sally (2008-09-25). "Q & A with Graeme Base". Publishers Weekly. http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6599068.html?nid=2788. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  4. ^ "The Water Hole". National Museum of Australia. http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/the_waterhole/. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  5. ^ a b Interview in The Age discussing book adaptations http://www.theage.com.au/news/books/double-base/2006/10/12/1160246261738.html
  6. ^ Premiere at The Arts Centre (Melbourne) as part of the Chookahs! Kids Festival http://www.theartscentre.net.au/whats-on_detail.aspx?view=959
  7. ^ Government grant for My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch to tour rural areas http://www.dcita.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/51552/PlayingAustraliaRound28Recipients.pdf
  8. ^ Animalia, Burberry Productions.

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