Children's book Bakir and Bi shares the colour and joy of Thursday Island
Bakir and Bi, published by Magabala Books based in Broome, is connected to a Torres Strait Islander creation story.
Having written 'the odd poem or two, left unfinished stories and manuscripts lying around the house, posted up inspirational quotes in her home and written songs for the Church she attended regularly' Jillian Boyd, 41, got the idea for the book while attending a State Library of Queensland (SLQ) writing workshop.
She asked her sister to illustrate the book but she in turn asked her daughter, Tori-Jay Morday, 18, because she knew of her ambition to become an illustrator.
Both women have a passion for their people and culture and the book was entered in the SLQ's black and write contest and duly won.
Dr Anita Heiss, Aboriginal writer, blogger and Writer in Residence at Tara School for Girls, says of the book, 'The work fills a huge gap in the stories of the Torres Strait, and it is a first-class production.'
Read more about the black and write prize recipients and how Tori-Jay came to illustrate the book.
Bakir and Bi by Jillian Boyd and illustrations Tori-Jay Moday, Magabla Books, hardcover, 64 page, Published April 1, 2013.
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