6 April 1958 |
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
|Notable work(s)||Animalia (1986)|
Graeme Rowland Base (born 6 April 1958) is an Australian author and artist of picture books. He is perhaps best known for his second book, Animalia published in 1986, and third book The Eleventh Hour which was released in 1989.
He was born in Amersham, England but moved to Australia with his family at the age of eight and has lived here ever since. He attended Box Hill High School and Melbourne High School in Melbourne, and then studied a Diploma of Art (Graphic Design) for three years at Swinburne University of Technology at Prahran.
He worked in advertising for two years and then began illustrating children's books, gradually moving to authoring them as well. His first book, My Grandma lived in Gooligulch, was accepted by the first publisher he sent it to.
Base resides in Melbourne with his wife Robyn and has three children.
Notable works 
- My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch (1983)
- Animalia (1986)
- The Eleventh Hour (1989)
- The Sign of the Seahorse (1992)
- The Discovery of Dragons (1996)
- The Worst Band in the Universe (1999)
- The Water Hole (2001)
- Truck Dogs (2003)
- Jungle Drums (2004)
- Uno's Garden (2006)
- The Discovery of Dragons: New Research Revealed(2007)
- Enigma (2008)
- Watts, J. The Art of Graeme Base (2008)
- The Legend of the Golden Snail (2010)
- Little Elephants (2013)
Adaptations of Base's works 
- The Sign of the Seahorse was adapted as an opera with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2001.
- My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch was adapted as a play by Gooligulch Productions. The play premiered at the Chookahs! Kids Festival (Melbourne) in 2006 and is touring country areas in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
- Animalia has been made into a television series (Animalia), and also is one of the most sold books around the world. Base was an executive producer for the series, and also composed the opening theme music with Yuri Worontschak.
- Animalia was made into an iPhone and iPad app in 2010. Published on the iTunes app store by AppBooks and produced by The Base Factory. An iPhone app based on Jungle Drums was released by Inyerpocket in 2008.
- Biographical information on Graeme Base from Penguin (US) http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000002108,00.html
- Lodge, Sally (25 September 2008). "Q & A with Graeme Base". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 28 October 2008.[dead link]
- "National Museum of Australia: Past exhibitions". National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
- Interview in The Age discussing book adaptations http://www.theage.com.au/news/books/double-base/2006/10/12/1160246261738.html
- Premiere at The Arts Centre (Melbourne) as part of the Chookahs! Kids Festival http://www.theartscentre.net.au/whats-on_detail.aspx?view=959
- Government grant for My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch to tour rural areas http://www.dcita.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/51552/PlayingAustraliaRound28Recipients.pdf
- Animalia, Burberry Productions.
- Graeme Base Official Art Gallery website
- Author Profile at Penguin Australia, including list of Graeme Base's awards
- Trailer for the upcoming Animalia animated television series
- Video: Graeme Base discusses writing and illustrating children's books
- Graeme Base's YouTube Channel, including a demonstration of his Animalia iPad application and the Augmented Reality feature of The Legend of the Golden Snail