Friday was the wind up for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge, so about 200 kids and 15 author Reading Ambassadors met the premier and other dignitaries at the National Gallery. The Great Hall has the most incredible stained glass ceiling – it’s worth a visit just to see that, let alone the rest of the gallery.
Boori Pryor’s cousin Vicki Saylor was there too – and despite having just been at the Australian Film Awards, and winning one, which I would have thought was pretty amazing, what she was really excited about was that she’d been on the Nim’s Island set with her Uncle Russel.
Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio