Ken Wilson-Max!

Ken Wilson-Max is an award-winning author, illustrator, and publisher of children's books and the Chicken Newspaper - a dedicated newspaper for children. Ken currently mentors young illustrators as part of Pathways into Children's Publishing and was in the list of Breaking New Grounds British writers and illustrators of colour. In 2017, Ken became a publisher at Alanna Max Books. 

1. What is one sound that you can’t live without?
The beat of a drum
2. What book did you read that changed the way you thought about life?
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
3. Where is your favourite place to read or listen to audiobooks?
The garden, in the morning
4. If you could work on a project with any creative, who would you pick?
Winton Marsalis, Jazz musician
5. Are you more productive in the mornings or in the evenings?
Definitely mornings
6. What has been your favourite project to work on throughout your career?
Don't often think about this but there is something about Astro Girl that makes it so special for me.
7. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Anthropologist
8. What is your favourite thing to draw and why?
Shared moments between people. These are things that are almost always fleeting, but leave the most profound impressions
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Astro Girl is Ken's most recent work. It's the story of Astrid, who has always loved the stars and space - a lovely tale has a surprise ending. You can find more of Ken's work here.