From Chestnuts to Sugar Cane

A work-in-progress migration story Author/Illustrated by Kristen Willis

About the project

The year is 1928, 7th of July in Milo, Sicily; Mr and Mrs Salvatore Caltabiano welcome the arrival of their precious bambola, Antonina. As the fourth child of eight siblings, she quickly found her independence and was referred to as Lina. 

Chestnuts to Sugar Cane is a mid-century inspired illustrative celebration which captures Lina’s amazing life story and creatively accredits her international journey of love. This Sicilian spirit was destined to embark on a beautifully fulfilled life in golden Australia.


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Kristen Willis is artistically represented by Annabel Barker Agency.  For children’s book illustration inquiries, please feel free to reach out to Annabel.