Illustrations by Frané Lessac and words by Mark Greenwood share the heroic story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick in the picture book Simpson and his Donkey. The exhibition is on display at the State Library until 27 April.
Unpublished spread 14 for pages 32 – 33
Collection of draft materials for Simpson and his Donkey, PWC/254/18
The original illustrations, preliminary sketches and draft materials displayed in this exhibition form part of the State Library’s Peter Williams’ collection: a collection of original Australian picture book art.
Known as ‘the man with the donkey’, Simpson was a medic who rescued wounded soldiers at Gallipoli during World War I.
The bravery and sacrifice attributed to Simpson is now considered part of the ‘Anzac legend’. It is the myth and legend of John Simpson that Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood tell in their book.
Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood also travelled to Anzac Cove to explore where Simpson and Duffy had worked. This experience and their research enabled them to layer creative interpretation over historical information and Anzac legend.
Frané Lessac is a Western Australian author-illustrator who has published over forty books for children. Frané speaks at festivals in Australia and overseas, sharing the process of writing and illustrating books. She often illustrates books by , Mark Greenwood, of which Simpson and his Donkey is just one example.
Simpson and his Donkey is published by Walker Books, 2008. The original illustrations are display in the Story Place Gallery until 27 April 2017.
- This exhibition is supported by a self-guided trail and educators guide. For school group bookings visit our website.
- Copies of the book are available for sale from the Discovery Store at the State Library.