Boori Monty Pryor

Boori Monty Pryor is an indigenous Australian born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1950. His father is from the Birri-gubba Nation of the Bowen region and his mother's tribal group from Yarrabah, near Cairns, is the Kunggandji. Boori travels extensively as a performer and public speaker for school students and adult groups throughout Australia and overseas. In 2012 Boori was selected to be Autralia's first Children's Laureate along with Alison Lester.

Boori has worked in numerous industries including education, film, television, modelling, sport and music. He has played in two World Masters Games in Basketball competition, winning a Silver Medal for Australia in 1994.

In 1990 he was awarded the National Aboriginal and Islander Observance Day Committee Award for "outstanding contribution to the promotion of indigenous culture". He is one of the Victorian Premier's Reading Ambassadors for 2005.

He has co-written many books with Meme McDonald. Boori and Meme met met in Melbourne when they were working for the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of that area. They started talking about writing books. Meme had already written two books and Boori had at least three going around in his head but was busy performing dances, playing didgeridoo and storytelling in schools. Meme and Boori began their writing partnership with Maybe Tomorrow in 1998.

When Meme and Boori speak about their experiences and their books they combine their skills as storytellers to touch on issues of significance for all ages. They talk about healing the past and creating positive visions for the future; issues of finding strength within to deal with the challenges from without; survival, optimism and finding a basis for mutual, and self, respect.

Books by Boori Monty Pryor

Shake A Leg

Published: October 2010

A unique picture book collaboration about having fun, sharing culture and the power of story and dance. A picture book to get the whole town dancing.

Maybe Tomorrow

Published: January 2010

From the Aboriginal fringe camps of his birth to the catwalk, basketball court, DJ console and more. This is a new anniversary edition of Boori Monty Pryor's life, his pain, his joy and his hopes, and is as powerful now as it was when it was first published in 1998.

Flytrap

Published: May 2002

Nancy wants so much to be the centre of attention at school that she makes up a story - a wish, really. But with the help of stories from both sides of her family - white Australian and Aborginal - she learns something about what is true for her, and what she herself has to offer.

Njunjul the Sun

Published: March 2002

A 16-year-old Aboriginal boy leaves his family and home for the big city, and as he struggles to make sense of his experience he realises that he must have the knowledge of his own people and culture in order to know who he is, and to find his direction.

The Binna Binna Man

Published: September 1999

The powerful story of an Aboriginal teenage boy who is caught between the attractions of city life and the ways of his people. After a terrifying encounter with the Binna Binna man he knows what he must do in order to be true to himself.

My Girragundji

Published: October 1998

The story of an Aboriginal boy whose house is invaded by a Hairyman - a spirit the old people call a Quinkin. When a little green tree frog lands on his windowsill, he knows she has been sent by the ancestors to help him face his fears.

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