Kerry was born in Canada and grew up in a world
of pets, from turtles to cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters,
gerbils, rats, a dove, snakes, goldfish, rabbits, a horse,
a bat, two brothers and a monkey. She studied zoology, then
took herself to Australia with a backpack and became a rural
vet. One day she drew some cartoons for the newsletter of a
dog training club and accidentally began a new career as a
multi award-winning cartoonist and book illustrator. Kerry
has now also turned her hand to writing and no matter what
she does, some animal or another always seems to wriggle its
way into her life. Even Kerry’s enjoyment of singing
is not immune as she is now part of a quartet called ‘Dog
Walking Backwards’! Kerry's latest hobby is learning
how to juggle (without animals!), as you can see in the photo
As a cartoonist
Kerry has been associated with the Sydney Morning Herald for
12 years and she has also drawn for the Herald-Sun, New Weekly, The
Bulletin, Burke's Backyard Magazine, Cosmopolitan and
dozens of other publications. She was twice awarded 'Best Single Gag
Cartoon Artist' in the annual national Black and White Artists' Award.
illustrated a number of children's books, including Just
Like Emily (with Sally Odgers), The Web (with
Nette Hilton), Zoo You Later (with Chris
Cheng), Spook's Shack, Nim's Island and Ark
in the Park (all with Wendy Orr), and has collaborated
with writer Lisa Shanahan with Sweetie
May and Sweetie May Overboard. The
Web is a CBCA Honour Book and Ark in the Park won
the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers (1995). Kerry was
both author and illustrator for Gordon's Biscuit.
Her most recent books include The Princess and the Unicorn (with Wendy Blaxland), Too Much Stuff (another collaboration with Wendy Orr), Quincy and Oscar (authored and illustrated by Kerry) and My Sister Has a Big Black Beard (text by Duncan Ball).
With such a breadth
of experience Kerry has a lot to offer school as well as adult audiences
and the feedback from her talks and workshops is exceptional: ' ...
it was one of the most successful and enjoyable visits we have had
and Kerry has generated enormous interest in the art of illustrating
books ... ' ; ' ... this school felt privileged to have such a treat.
Not only is Kerry entertaining as she describes the process involved
in ... accepting a manuscript, but also most effective in providing
the children with innumerable ideas in the process of cartooning.'
Kerry's school visits:
"Kerry was great! Very interesting, friendly and flexible."
"The students found her humorous and entertaining. They particularly enjoyed
her sketching while they watched."
"Kerry has an excellent manner / rapport with children. Her performance
was a good mix of information about writing and illustration. Her sense of humour
is a great asset."
More information at www.kerrymillard.com.
here for a list of Kerry's published books
here for a print-friendly version of this page