Last night I was given the rare opportunity to hear the brilliant Shaun Tan (here and here) give a talk as part of the UWA Extension – From Hillarys to Hollywood event, on his journey as an illustrator, author and now filmmaker. I can’t believe how down-to-earth the man was, especially someone who had just recently won an Oscar AND the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. It was nice to be able to catch a glimpse into his world and understand what makes his stories they way they are. He spoke briefly of his humble but very happy childhood and gave useful advice to one and all, to follow our dreams without any hard and fast rules. And the best part of the night? He signed two of my books (Eric & Tales from Outer Suburbia) and even took a picture with me. I’m just so happy that someone I greatly admire and respect has not let fame go to his head. I look forward to his future books with great anticipation.
If you missed the talk, don’t worry. You can still get to know more about him in this very refreshing interview without words with Spiegel Online.