Not content with dazzling audiences on stage and screen, actor Richard Roxburgh has turned to writing and illustrating children's books. His first, Artie and the Grime Wave, is an awesome adventure complete with great mates, dodgy dealings and supersonic farts. He tells Matt Stanton how he invented his crazy cast and brought them to life through his drawings. You can also create your own characters that leap off the page. Rec. age 7


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Richard Roxburgh (Australian)

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Richard Roxburgh is one of Australia’s best-loved and most versatile actors. He has become a household name for his work in films like Moulin Rouge! and his lead role in TV’s Rake, as well as his many highly acclaimed performances with the Sydney Theatre Company. Richard has been successful on the other side of the camera too. He directed feature film, Romulus, My Father and was co-creator of the award-winning television series, Rake. Richard has always drawn and written stories to entertain himself, but Artie and the Grime Wave is his first book for children.

Matt Stanton (Australian)

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Matt Stanton is a bestselling children's author and illustrator, with over a quarter of a million books in print. He is the co-creator of seven bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits, There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts and This is a Ball. His latest book, written with his wife Beck, is The Red Book. He is launching his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid around the world in July 2017.