Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2020 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Monty Boori Pryor

State: Queensland

Story keeper, writer and multi-talented performer

For more than two decades, Monty Boori Pryor has told stories about finding strength within. A descendant of the Kungganji and Birri-Gubba nations, Monty is a multi-talented performer, didgeridoo player, basketball player, writer and story keeper.

Monty has shared his passion for literacy and knowledge of Aboriginal storytelling, around Australia, Europe and Asia. He has performed solo didgeridoo with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and worked in film, television, modelling, sport, music and theatre-in-education.

Monty has written six award-winning books, and was named one of two inaugural Australian Children’s Laureates in 2012. He helped create a short film about the importance of storytelling, Brown Paper Bag. Meanwhile, his story of transitioning into his role of story-keeper was made into the international Emmy-nominated film, Wrong Kind of Black.

With passion, vigour and commitment, Monty creates a reconciliatory vision of Australia’s past, present and future. Through sharing his experience of living in two worlds, he helps create greater harmony, understanding and unity.

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