Author(s): Nadia Wheatley
In 2005 author Nadia Wheatley and artist Ken Searle developed a Harmony Project with sixteen students from eight infant and primary schools in Sydney - some Muslim, some Catholic, some government schools. As well as experiencing the harmony of the natural environment, the children were encouraged to learn about harmony between the traditional owners and the land, and to find harmony in friendship and collaboration. Going Bush showcases some of the students' illustration and writing, linked together with art and design by Ken Searle and a narrative by Nadia Wheatley.
Winner of Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year: Lower Primary Children 2008 and Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature 2008 and Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing: Primary Single Title Category 2007. Commended for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2008 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2008.
Nadia Wheatley writes for both adults and young people. Her award-winning books cover the genres of fiction, history, biography, and picture books, and reflect her commitment to social justice. Nadia's first book, "Five Times Dizzy," was often described as the first multicultural children's book in this country. Ken Searle is best known for his large paintings in oil on canvas, depicting the suburban and industrial areas of a number of Australian cities. He has also painted the landscapes of the Western Desert and of the southern coastline.