Vic Simms, a proud Bidjigal man from La Perouse is a legend of Australian rock music. His album, The Loner, recorded in 1973, is regarded as an Australian classic and the first black protest music of Australia.
Vic's achievements include becoming a Fellow of the Performing Arts in 1996 and receiving a Medal of Honour for Services to Australian Music in 2000. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Sound Archive and has recently been inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame 2015.
Lisa and Lauren were privileged to have Vic Simms mentor them on their journey.
They met him at various times throughout the process of writing the book and discussed what they were thinking in terms of the story and the illustrations.
Lisa and Lauren's aim was to ensure that all their work was sensitive to and respectful of the subject matter. They benefited enormously from Vic's profound knowledge, wisdom and most importantly his encouragement.
To hear a recent podcast between Vic Simms and Luke Peacock titled "In conversation with Richard Fidler", click here.