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Sally Rippin on Chinese brush painting

Speaker(s): Sally Rippin

  • Date recorded: 25 Oct 2010

  • Duration: 3:24

'Having lived overseas for most of my childhood, I’m particularly drawn to stories about outsiders.'

– Sally Rippin

About this video

Have you ever heard of the Four Treasures of Chinese ink painting?

Discover the answers with a visit to the studio of children’s book author and illustrator Sally Rippin.

Learn about the influence of this ancient art form on a journey through Sally’s first book, Speak Chinese, Fang Fang.

Sally spent much of her childhood in South-East Asia, and she reveals how her experience of cultural diversity translates into her take on children’s literature.


Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia.

As a young adult, Sally spent three years in China studying traditional brush and ink painting in Shanghai and Hangzhou.

Sally now lives in Melbourne, where she writes and illustrates books for children of all ages.

She has had over 50 children’s books published, many of them award winning.