Boori Monty Pryor facts for kids
Early life and family
Pryor had a long career communicating Indigenous Australian 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 1986, Boori had an acting role alongside his brother Paul Pryor in “Women of the Sun”.
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.
Pryor was an ambassador for the National Year of Reading (Australia) in 2012.
In 2018, ABC iView released the web series Wrong Kind of Black, narrated by and based on Pryor’s life. In September 2019, the web series was nominated for an International Emmy. As of 2020[update], a documentary film about Boori is being made, using crowdfunding.
Awards and honours
In 1990, Pryor received the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Award as a result of his "outstanding contribution to the promotion of Indigenous culture".
Pryor's works, including those in collaboration with Meme McDonald, have also won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award. Maybe Tomorrow (1998) won a Special Commendation from the Human Rights Awards and My Girragundji (1998), won a Children's Book Council of Australia Award, while The Binna Binna Man (1999), won several awards.
- Shake a Leg, illustrated by Jan Ormerod (2010), winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction in 2011.
Young adult novels
- Njunjul the Sun, co-authored with Meme McDonald (2002)
- The Binna Binna Man, co-authored with Meme McDonald (1999), won an Ethnic Affairs Commission Award in 2000
- My Girragundji, co-authored with Meme McDonald (1998), winner of a Children's Book Council of Australia Award
- Flytrap, co-authored with Meme McDonald (2002)
- Maybe Tomorrow, co-authored with Meme McDonald (1998)
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