Amy Haarhoff is a 22-year-old illustration student, studying for her Masters from Falmouth University. She was raised on her dad’s macabre storytelling, her mum’s art materials, and an endless supply of library books. While researching for a project in a bookshop in July 2018, she came across a picture book that changed her life: Cicada, by Shaun Tan. She walked out with a copy of the book and a determination to create stories of her own. In 2019 her exceptional sample pictures for Ruru and Kiwi saw her win the 2019 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration and she has worked every spare hour to complete the full book for publication.