Author shares love of stories

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

As a fitting extension to Children’s Book Week, Australian author Kristy Murray made her way to the Pilbara to share her untactful Aussie stories.

With a message that Aussies can do it just as well as any American or English writer, Ms Murray travelled to five Hedland primary schools for the Literature Centre’s Pilbara Book Week.

Ms Murray said she tried to remind kids they have “epic” stories to tell.

“What I really hope to instil is a sense that they can tell their stories too, stories are so empowering,” she said. “Stories are really important in helping kids understand their personal identity and connect with their landscape.

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“Hopefully kids will recognise themselves and think of ways to tell their own stories and their family stories — it doesn’t have to be about an Anzac, or a convict, to be an impactful story.”

The Literature Centre has been bringing Australian authors to Pilbara students for almost eight years thanks to the support of BHP.

TLC director Lesley Reece said Murray continued to be one of the centre’s most engaging presenters, which is why they approached her to return to the Pilbara.

“The chance for students to meet a real author and hear about their stories is often just the stimulus they need to pick up a book and give it a go,” she said.

Ms Murray held writing workshops for students in Years 3 to 6 and said she was eager to return.

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