Children’s Book Festival 2012: In Conversation with Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester
For the Children’s Book Festival, co-presented with the State Library of Victoria, 2012-2013 Australian Children’s Laureates Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester join Paula Kelly to discuss their travels as part of the Laureate programme – as well as their love of reading, the value of inspirational storytelling for kids, their plans for further books and their love of meeting children all over Australia.
Boori Monty Pryor is an indigenous Australian born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1950.
Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse as a baby in her father's arms. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.