Kirrili Lonergan is a picture book illustrator, art therapist and a mother of four who works from her home studio in Newcastle, NSW. She was raised in a household along with three loving siblings, surrounded by art and creativity. She spent three years in the Middle East and travelled to many countries. Prior to illustrating books, she worked as a paediatric nurse and a ceramic artist.
She has illustrated nine picture books including Ollie's Treasure which was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology of Australia Awards in 2018 and the Lessons of a LAC emotional well-being series. She has also illustrated Dandelions and Up to Something by Katrina McKelvey. Portia Goes To London was illustrated for Scone author, Anne Davies to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Service. She is currently working on two new picture books.
She loves sharing her journey with children and thrives on encouraging them to be kind to themselves and to enjoy the process of creating art. She volunteers for a local charity organisation, Books4Outback, helping to ensure that quality books are reaching children in outback towns throughout NSW. Her profile can be found on The Style File and SCBWI.
'Lessons of a LAC' is a series created by a duo who are passionate about giving children ways to think about and manage common emotional difficulties. The series is a valuable resource for every child to help guide their emotional development. Kirrili works in partnership with author and clinical psychologist, Lynn Jenkins, to deliver early intervention anxiety management sessions to staff and children in preschool and school settings. For more information go to www.lessonsofalac.com