Aśka is creative dynamite. She’s an award-winning graphic novelist, an ex-quantum physicist, and a big fan of the little doovalacky above the ‘s’ in her name (which you pronounce ‘Ash-ka’).
A hugely engaging and popular presenter, Aśka is passionate about visual literacy. She has published more than ten books and graphic novels. Her recent titles include the CBCA Notable (2022) YA graphic novel Stars in Their Eyes, which was bought by Scholastic US in 2022. Stars in Their Eyes has also been nominated for the 2022 Comic Arts Awards of Australia and the 2022 ALIA Graphic Novel of the Year and made the ALIA Graphic Novel Notable List (2021). She is also a recipient of several government Arts grants, prizes, and the May Gibbs Fellowship.
Aśka has been a judge for the Make Your Own Storybook Competition five years running, is an organising committee member for the Perth Comic Arts Festival, contributes regularly to The School Magazine, volunteered as Illustrator Co-ordinator in the WA branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for four years, has singlehandedly run an animation festival, once won a grant for a solo art exhibition, and has been featured in an ABC TV documentary.
When she’s not creating children’s books, Aśka is travelling across Western Australia as a roving science communicator.
For more on Aśka’s passions, projects and art, check out: www.askastorytelling.com