Aaron Blabey

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Aaron Blabey
Born 1974
Nationality Australian
Occupation Children's author, illustrator, artist, designer, actor
Years active Actor 1989 to 2005, Children's author 2006 to Present
Home town Bendigo, Victoria[1]
Spouse(s) Kirstie Hutton[1]
Website
http://aaronblabeybooks.com

Aaron Blabey (born 1974), an Australian author of children's books and artist who until the mid-2000s was also an actor. His award winning picture books include Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon and the best-selling Pig the Pug.[2] In the field of acting, he is probably best known for his lead roles in two television dramedies, 1994's The Damnation of Harvey McHugh, for which he won an Australian Film Institute Award, and 2003's CrashBurn, before retiring from performance in 2005.

In 2012, he was the National Literacy Ambassador[3] and in May 2015 his book The Brother’s Quibble will be read by an estimated 500,000 children during the National Simultaneous Storytime.[4]

He is an ambassador for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national Australian charity protecting children from violence.

His book The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon won the Patricia Wrightson Award in 2013 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the 2013 Children's Peace Literature Award and was recorded by Nick Cave for the Story Box Library.

Personal[edit]

Blabey is from Bendigo, Australia.

He is married to the actress Kirstie Hutton, and the couple have two sons.[5]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Blabey appeared in various television and film roles throughout the 1990s and 2000s and took part in several theatrical productions.[6]

Besides his 1994 award for acting in a lead role, the Australian Film Institute also nominated him in 2000 for his guest-starring role in the series Stingers.

Art[edit]

From the mid-2000s, Blabey turned his attention away from acting towards painting and created six separate solo exhibitions across Australia between 2004 and 2006.[7]

Children's books[edit]

Then in 2006, Blabey turned his focus entirely to the creation of children's picture books. The first of these, Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, was published in July 2007. In 2008, the book received a Children's Book Council of Australia Award in the council's Early Childhood category.[8] The book was also shortlisted for the CBCA's Crichton Award (given to new illustrators), The NSW Premier's Literature Awards – The Patricia Wrightson Award, and the Children's Peace Literature Prize. In 2008, the book was also included on the Notable Book list from the Smithsonian Institution.[9]

His second book, Sunday Chutney, was published in 2008 and shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2009[10] and the Australian Book Industry Awards 2009.

His third book, Stanley Paste, was a CBCA Notable Book in the Picture Book category in 2010[11] as was The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon in 2012, which was also selected as a prestigious White Raven of 2012 by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon also won the Patricia Wrightson Award in 2013 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and the 2013 Children's Peace Literature Award. In early 2014, Nick Cave selected The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon to record for the Story Box Library website.

His fifth book, The Dreadful Fluff won the Best Designed Children's Cover of the Year by the Australian Publishers Association in 2013,[12] which also saw the release of his critically acclaimed sixth title, Noah Dreary.

Blabey's seventh book, The Brothers Quibble, which deals with sibling rivalry, has been chosen as the National Simultaneous Storytime Book of 2015, and will be read by an estimated 500,000 children on the 27th of May 2015. And after signing an initial three-book-deal with Scholastic Australia in 2014 - beginning with the best-selling Pig the Pug (and to be followed by Thelma the Unicorn and Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas in 2015) - Blabey has signed on to create a number of other titles including two series. The first of these is the continuing adventures of Pig - beginning with Pig the Fibber - and the second is an illustrated Junior Fiction Series entitled The Bad Guys. Both series are also due for release in mid-2015.

Books for adults[edit]

2014 will also see the release of Blabey's first picture book for adults entitled Babies Don't Suck. It is a book for men who are facing the prospect of becoming a father for the first time and will be published by Pan Macmillan in August 2014. The concept stemmed from the fact that it's impossible to get a man to read a "baby book" unless it's really short, a bit sweary and full of pictures.

Art direction[edit]

Blabey has also worked as a staff writer at a major advertising agency and spent two years as a lecturer at a prominent Sydney design college. Since 2009, he has also contributed monthly comic strips to the School Magazine, most recently the third season of Carpet & Loaf which he writes, illustrates and designs.

Honors and awards[edit]

List of works[edit]

Author and Illustrator

  • Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, Penguin Books, Australia, 2007.
  • Sunday Chutney, Penguin Books, Australia, 2008.
  • Stanley Paste, Penguin Books, Australia, 2009.
  • The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon, Penguin Books, Australia, 2011.
  • The Dreadful Fluff, Penguin Books, Australia, 2012.
  • Noah Dreary, Penguin Books, Australia, 2013.
  • The Brothers Quibble, Penguin Books, Australia, 2014.
  • Pig The Pug, Scholastic Australia, July 2014.
  • Babies Don't Suck, Pan Macmillan Australia, August 2014.
  • Thelma the Unicorn, Scholastic Australia, release date – February 2015.
  • Pig the Fibber, Scholastic Australia, release date - June 2015
  • The Bad Guys (Episode 1), release date - July 2015
  • Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas, Scholastic Australia, release date – October 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
1989 G.P. Sean Television series
1993 Phoenix Television episode
1994 The Man from Snowy River Jimmy Wilks Television episode
Halifax f.p Tony Lobianco Television episode
The Damnation of Harvey McHugh Harvey McHugh Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama[13]
Blue Heelers Robbie Davies Television episode
1996 Turning April Leif
Twisted Tales Nick Television episode
Mr Reliable Bruce Morrison
1997 Fallen Angels Jim Phelps Television episode
Medivac Danny Haywood Television series
Wildside Warren Beckett Television series
Water Rats Gary Travis Television series
1998 Day of the Roses Dr White
Pentuphouse Dale
1999 Erskineville Kings Tunny
All Saints Scott Television episode
Water Rats Doug Porter Television series
2000 Stingers Michael Callum Nominated for Australian Film Institute Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Television Drama Series
Grass Roots Sandy Maxwell Television episode
2001 Mullet Terry
2003 CrashBurn Ben Harfield Television series
2004 Human Touch David
Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story Kirkham
2005 MDA Luke Rodman Television series
2006 The 9:13 Thunder

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Television: Crashburn: profiles, accessed 25 November 2008
  2. ^ Australian Library and Information Association | Aaron Blabey, accessed 19 September 2014
  3. ^ Literacy and Numeracy Week 2012 | Aaron Blabey, accessed 10 August 2012
  4. ^ Australian Library and Information Association | Aaron Blabey, accessed 19 September 2014
  5. ^ Lateral Learning Speakers' Agency | Aaron Blabey, accessed 8 December 2011
  6. ^ ABC 2002, Aaron Blabey: Behind Closed Doors: MAD, accessed 25 November 2008
  7. ^ Aaron BLABEY in stock at Art Nomad, accessed 25 November 2008
  8. ^ Penguin Group (Australia) – Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Blabey, Aaron, accessed 25 November 2008
  9. ^ Penguin Books Australia – Aaron Blabey (Author), accessed 8 December 2011
  10. ^ Penguin Group (Australia) – Sunday Chutney, accessed 25 November 2008
  11. ^ Picture Book Notable Books 2010, accessed 8 December 2011
  12. ^ 61st Annual Book Design Awards 2013, Australian Publishers Association, accessed 25 May 2013
  13. ^ Australian Film Institute 2008, AFI AWARD WINNERS TELEVISION CATEGORIES 1986–2007, accessed 25 November 2008
  14. ^ IMDb.com 2008, Aaron Blabey, accessed 25 November 2008

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