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Emma Le Strange holding her new certificate.

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Emma Le Strange holding her new certificate.


Artist and writer Emma Le Strange was the winner of the 2015 Access Arts Achievement Award.

Selected from an excellent pool of entries by our prestigious panel of judges, Emma, who experiences chronic illness, will use her $10,000 award to produce a children’s book Tea Parties and Pillows.

The story will follow the imaginations and creativity of a mother and daughter as they invent games to play on the days when Mum is not up to getting out and about.

Emma was frustrated by the lack of material available and inspired by her daughter, she started planning this light hearted book to demonstrate that no matter what obstacles life throws at you, you can still achieve your dreams.

“My daughter gave me the inspiration and motivation to persevere in the creative industries. I am hoping to inspire other parents with chronic illness,” Emma said.