Michelle Russell has a passion for connecting with people through storytelling and is now starting a journey into the realms of being an author: ‘You know what?’ (A favourite phrase many young children naturally choose, before sharing their story).
She is also establishing herself as an illustrator and publisher, working with Richard O’Neill. Their collaboration of capturing a story in a book, with pictures and words, is empowering others to find their voice to tell their own story. This summer saw three of their books being published and The Show Must Go On, published by Pearson, is already on its second print run.
In this interview, Michelle explains the inspirations and background to each of her three – very different – books. She has some great tips for sharing diverse books to make the most of the story and the illustrations, as well as lots of ideas for sourcing more information about diversity and activities.