Robin Tatlow-Lord

Robin Tatlow-Lord is an illustrator, writer, cartoonist, arts educator, roller derby player, and hand puppet aficionado! Robin has a great love of character and storytelling, and her illustrations are vivid and expressive, conveying the wonder, imagination and ‘big feelings’ of childhood, from frustration and worry to joy and surprise.

Robin was shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Award for New Illustrator for her first picture book: Go Away, Worry Monster! (written by Brooke Graham and published by EK Books). Nova’s Missing Masterpiece (2024), also with Brooke and EK, explores themes of self-regulation with a search-and-find twist. Robin’s second book, Tilly’s First Day Twist (written by Kylie Covark and published by Little Book Press) was distributed free to thousands of preschool children across South Australia by Raising Literacy Australia. She is currently illustrating a new middle grade fiction series for Affirm Press, and has several picture book and graphic novel projects on the backburner.

Robin is a warm, lively and confident presenter, with over 15 years’ experience working with children as an arts educator.  A former theatre kid, she loves puppets and dressups, reading aloud and all kinds of performing. She has delivered kids’ art workshops throughout Adelaide, and has been employed by Patch Theatre, Carclew Youth Arts and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Robin uses a wide range of materials to create her illustrations, including colour pencils, watercolour, collage, and an iPad. She lives in Ashford with her partner, their lazy tabby cat, and one very funny, boisterous and book-loving toddler.

Nova's Missing Masterpiece, EK Books, 2024

Tilly's First Day Twist, Affirm Press, 2023

Published Titles

Go Away, Worry Monster! EK Books2020

Written by Brooke Graham

Shortlisted for the CBCA Award for New Illustrator, 2021

Teachers' Notes

Art School in a Box, Art Gallery of South Australia