Boori Monty Pryor

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Boori Monty Pryor (born 1950) is an Indigenous Australian writer best known as a storyteller and as the inaugural Australian Children's Laureate (2012–2013).[1][2][3]

Pryor is descended from the Birri-gubba nation of the Bowen region and the Kunggandji people from Yarrabah, near Cairns. He had a long career communicating Indigenous culture to schools in Australia, performing dances, playing didgeridoo, and storytelling, before turning to writing books. He has worked in film and television, sport, and music. In 1990, Pryor received the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Award as a result of his "outstanding contribution to the promotion of Indigenous culture."[4]

In his keynote address for the 2013 Come Out Festival in Adelaide, Pryor spoke about the importance of storytelling, performance, and dance in engaging children with literacy, literature, and Indigenous cultures.[5] Pryor was an ambassador for the National Year of Reading (Australia) in 2012.[citation needed]


Picture Books

Young adult novels



  1. ^ Sheahan-Bright, Robyn (May 2013). "The Inaugural Australian Children's Laureate: 'First Term' Report 2012-2013". Magpies: Talking About Books for Children. Magpies Magazine Pty Ltd. 28 (2): 18–21. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Stewart, Lucy (April–May 2012). "Meet the Laureates". Bookseller+Publisher Magazine. Bookseller+Publisher. 91 (8): 8. 
  3. ^ Osborne, Marj (September 2012). "Australian Children’s Laureates—an invitation to join the story circle". Access. Australian School Library Association (ASLA). 26 (3): 26–27. 
  4. ^ "Boori Monty Pryor". Allen & Unwin. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Pryor, Boori Monty (27 May 2013). keynote address (Speech). Come Out Festival 2013. Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2014.