ABOUT NICKY JOHNSTON
I am a mum to four boys, an artist, a primary educator and a children’s book author and illustrator. I am based in Melbourne and as well as teaching, I work from home writing and illustrating in my art studio.
My books include Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! and Happythoughts are Everywhere…, Actually, I Can and The Worst Pain in the World. The Fix-It Man, Grandma Forgets and Where’s Bear are all being launched in 2017.
I love every opportunity to visit schools, sharing my journey of becoming a successful author and illustrator, inspiring students to become writers and illustrators themselves. With my huge range displays of original artworks from the books and humourous presentation skills, I aim to help children understand the process in publishing a children’s book. I also thoroughly enjoy running illustration workshops, where the children can have hands on experience creating their own illustrations.
I am a Black Dog Institute Community Education presenter helping reduce the stigma of mental health issues by raising awareness and sharing valuable information.
My passion for all things creative has led me to become the Creative Director of the ‘52-week Illustration Challenge‘. Founded by my good friend and fellow author and illustrator, Tania McCartney, this community works together to create new illustrations inspired by a different theme for 52 weeks. This group has experienced an amazing range of opportunities such as children’s book contracts, invaluable
friendships, personal growth and pushing creative boundaries. In March 2015, we curated a ’52-week Illustration Challenge’ exhibition displaying fifty-two artists’ contribution to 2014 Challenge themes. We are now running for the fourth year with 6000 members.
Nicky is also the illustrator representative for the annual author/illustrator KIDLITVIC – Meet the Publishers Conference. Alongside authors Alison Reynolds, Jaquelyn Muller and Coral Vass, she helps create a valuable and important opportunity assisting her fellow authors and illustrators in their professional development.
READ a quirky interview with Nicky HERE
“WONDERFUL! Nicky is a great speaker. My daughter was completely focused and engaged. I can see she enjoyed herself! Thank you for a great workshop”
~ Belgrave Library
“What a wonderful experience for the children to have. They are really motivated to begin writing their own picture story books. Thank you for being such an inspiration.”
~ St Thomas More Primary School
“Very interactive and engaging session. I thought Nicky catered to all year levels and kept the students very interested. She had wonderful control of the children who asked wonderful questions. Very worthwhile.”
~ Kingswood College
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2014 ~ Black Dog Institute Community Education Presenter
2013 ~ SILVER Award – Mental Health Services Achievement Awards
(Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts Production)
2012 ~ Aus Mumpreneur Award Winner “Making A Difference”
2011 ~ Mayoral Special Recognition Award – Business Excellence Awards
2011 ~ Finalist AusMumpreneur Awards “Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year”
2009 ~ Awarded an ‘Artistic Ventures Star’ in the ‘Village Cinemas, Star Zone Walk of Fame’