Given and the Big Fish

Written by Tamara Burnstock

Illustrated by Filipa Edgehill

Six year old Given and his family set out on a quest to follow the legend of the Big Fish. For years his father told him the tale as it was passed down from all the fathers before him.

Given and his family leave their little island of palm trees to follow the Big Fish’s trail across the seas. They meet beekeepers and snake dancers, sleep on sandy beaches and play on ice rocks. Given watches and learns for he knows he too would one day have to search for his own Big Fish.

This is a story of a unique family legacy come full circle. A story of finding home wherever you may be. Inspired by the feature film documentary called Given, this is based on the true and wild journey of surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin as they take their family to fulfill a calling handed down through generations to find freedom in surrender.

For children aged 3+

Tamara Burnstock: writer
Tamara is a storyteller and enjoys encouraging children and young people to tell their own stories. She works with the Sydney Story Factory and volunteers for Foto Friendship

Filippa Edghill: illustrator
Born and raised in the open landscape of Skåne, Sweden. Daughter of a Swedish mother and a Bajan father.

“Sweden gives me an appreciation for the shifting experiences of the North. Darkness and light forever changing back and forth. Barbados gives me a love for the ocean, close-ness to nature and a helluva lot of cousins. I am currently living and working in French seaside town Biarritz.”

“I try to bring a sense of wonder into my own life through my drawings. Illustration brings me to a place nestled between reality and dreams where I can let my imagination grow. In that place I feel meaningful, like the essence of being human is to be able to create.”