D. M. Cornish

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D.M. Cornish
Adelaide, South Australia
OccupationIllustrator, writer
GenreFantasy, picture books

David M. Cornish (born 1972) is an illustrator and fantasy writer from Adelaide, South Australia.


Cornish studied illustration at the University of South Australia, where in 1993 he began to compile a series of notebooks: over the next ten years he filled 23 journals with his pictures, definitions, ideas and histories of his world, the "Half-Continent".

It was not until 2003 that a chance encounter with a children's publisher gave him an opportunity to develop these ideas further. Learning of his journals, she urged him to write a story from his world. Cornish was sent away with the task of delivering 1,000 words the following week and each week thereafter. Abandoning all other paid work, he spent the next two years propped up with one small advance after another.


His first book is Foundling, the first part of the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy. The second book named Lamplighter was released in May 2008. The third in the series is named Factotum and was released in October 2010. He has stated that he plans to continue writing novels set in the Half-Continent and in March 2014, published a book of short stories titled Tales from the Half-Continent (Monster Blood Tattoo 3.5).[1]



  1. ^ "Tales from the Half-Continent". Goodread Inc. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Finalists and Winners". www.aurealisawards.org. Aurealis Awards. Retrieved 20 June 2016. click on 'This list of past finalists and winners' link to open up a pdf file
  3. ^ "Winners 2007 Older Readers Book of the Year 2007". www.cbca.org.au. Children's Book Council of Australia. Retrieved 20 June 2016.

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