Like the garden it portrays, Outside is a Baroque wonderland waiting to be explored, a shimmery place of texture, lumisity and colour where time stands still and memories are born. Two internationally acclaimed creators-author Libby Hathorn and artist Ritva Voutila-have coupled their dazzling imaginative powers to capture the wonder of childhood in this homage to the magic of a garden.
Libby Hathorn is an award winning poet and author of more than fifty books for children and young people, as well as books for adults. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. Libby is a keen educator, has lectured part-time at Sydney University; is a guest at conferences and writers' festivals such as the Ubud Writers' Festival, 2012; and is devoted to poetry and to 'spreading the word' about poetry. For more information, free writing tips and teaching resources, go to www.libbyhathorn.com. Ritva Voutila was born in 1946 in Nokia, Finland. She spent her first twenty-two years in Finland, and came to Australia for the first time in 1968. After two and a half years working in Sydney she returned to Europe, and spend the next ten years in Canary Islands, Spain. She moved to Australia for the second time in 1981, and since then Australia has been her permanent home. Before becoming a full time artist/illustrator/graphic designer in 1983, she has worked as a garden designer, computer programmer/analyst and computer sales representative.