As part of SIDE's regular Authors Online program, Australian Children's Laureate Boori Monty Pryor visited SIDE to work with more than 90 students in Centra, our online web-conferencing application.

Boori is a celebrated author, performer, dancer and poet, and is one of two Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) Children's Laureates for 2012-13, appointed to promote the importance of reading.

A master storyteller

Two sessions were conducted, with students ranging from K to 10, and the interaction and excitement of the students was testament to Boori's wonderful skills as a storyteller, best illustrated by a sample of feedback from the students:

  • "Boori, THANKYOU SO MUCH for your awesome stories today. We have all had a great laugh"
  • "Hi Boori, I really love your stories. They are so funny. Thank you so much for telling your stories :)"
  • "Your stories were so funny! I really like when you said 'is this fence shaped liked a crocodile?' Thank you so much. We hope you come back again to tell more stories :-)"

Our thanks to ACLA for loaning us Boori, the Literature Centre in Fremantle for facilitating the visit, and all the SIDE and SOTA families and teachers who made time to come online and get to know Boori and his stories.