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Coral Tulloch was born in Melbourne, and now lives in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and daughter, Tully. A history in promotion and illustration in newspapers led her to create a syndicated page for children that has appeared for over 20 years in papers both nationally and internationally.
During this time she studied fine art at East Sydney Technical College, Animation at Randwick Technical College, and has had periods at studios, drawing in Florence and lithography at The Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Continuing work in advertising, film and magazine production, her main focus remained with children's literature.
She has worked in both fiction and non-fiction on over 50 books for children, both for trade and educational publishers in Australia and internationally. One of her most loved characters, Barry the Burglar (Omnibus) still remains a favourite. With a continued passion in environmental education she was accepted for a voyage to the Antarctic continent and Subantarctic in 1999. She researched, wrote, produced the initial design and illustrated her factual work on Antarctica, The Heart of the World, Antarctica (ABC Books). It is a highly informative, fully comprehensive non-fiction book capturing one of the world’s most intriguing continents. Readers can undertake their own journey to Antarctica with this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide. Learn about Antarctica’s unique geography, its captivating animal and plant life, its history of human exploration and scientific research.
Her book, Sydney of the Antarctic is based on a true story. Sydney Walton Mouse dreams of a life of adventure. Most of all, he wants to go to Antarctica, where it is wild and white and wonderful. Then one day, Sydney's dream comes true.
Coral’s recent book One Small Island is written and illustrated with Alison Lester. The book recently won the 2012 Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature and the 2012 CBCA Eve Pownell Award for non-fiction. It is a timely reminder of the need to protect the environment and the degradation that can happen in the hands of humans. The book leaves us reflective about Macquarie Island uniqueness, but more importantly, wondering what we can do to save it.