Sometimes I think about the animals who live in my noisy, polluted, constantly illuminated city and what they make of humans and the other species they are compelled to live with.
One of my favourite places in the sprawling metropolis I live in, is my local park, a verdant harbourside haven of both tranquillity and activity where native, introduced and domesticated animals and humans encounter each other. I feel for big eyed possums too scared to leave their tree homes. I constantly encounter numerous and dazzling species of dogs that seem to be essential companions and a required adornment of inner city living.
Shaun Tan’s latest book TALES FROM THE INNER CITY is a collection of twenty five illustrated short stories. With great sensitivity, compassion and playfulness, Tan explores the relationships between humans and animals sharing inner city environments. Continue reading TALES FROM THE INNER CITY: THE JOY OF IMAGINING