Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan

02 November 2016

Shaun Tan is an author and illustrator, originally from Perth, Western Australia. He studied Fine Arts and Literature at the University ofWestern Australia, and graduated with joint honour More

Reading Australia: 'The Lost Thing' by Shaun Tan

Gary Crew
02 November 2016

Written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing (2000) prompts readers to ask: ‘Who is this book for and what does it mean?’ Tan, in a personal email to the author, himself confesses that the work is a fable ‘about all sorts of social concerns with a rather ambiguous ending’, while the unnamed narrator of the story nonchalantly confesses: ‘do ... More

Margaret Robson Kett reviews 'The Singing Bones' by Shaun Tan

Margaret Robson Kett
21 December 2015

In 2012, Shaun Tan was commissioned to make pictures for a German publisher's edition of fifty of the Brothers Grimms' fairy tales, retold by Philip (His Dark Materials) Pullman. Pullman's challenge is that the tales do not necessarily benefit from illustration – he dismisses most as 'art school exquisiteness'. Tan's response was to return to his boyhood ... More