WRITING IT FROM THE HEART
PREMISE FOR NEW BOOK’S FIRST PAGE ‘GIVEN’ TO AUTHOR IN A DREAM
SALLY Morgan’s new book is a story about recent history told in a different way.
Sister Heart is told from the perspective of a young Aboriginal girl who is taken from her home in Australia’s north and sent to an institution in the south to make a new life for herself.
Morgan uses verses instead of the traditional paragraph structure to tell the girl’s story in four parts and introduce the recent history of indigenous Australians to a younger audience.
She said the story showed the power of friendship and family.
“It is a story about the friendship that develops between two young girls who have been removed from their families and placed in an institution,” she said.
“The main characters in the story, though young, are smart and resilient.
“I think the story gives some small insight into what it’s like to suddenly lose your family and place in the world and how important new friendships are when you are feeling alone and lost.
“It wasn’t a story I planned to write, I dreamed the first page of the book and when I woke I knew I had to write it because the story had been given to me.”
Morgan said her love of writing for a younger audience helped bring Sister Heart to life, and she hoped to continue writing more children’s books in the future.
“I really enjoy reading picture books to young children and seeing their interest, curiosity and how much they enjoy hearing a story,” she said.
“Also, my daughter does create illustrations, so I like to lure her into promising to illustrate.”
Sister Heart is available from www.fremantle press.com.au. KNOWING IS JUST A TOUCH AWAY
Celebrated author Sally Morgan has written a new book, SisterHeart, about the friendship that develops between two young girls who have been removed from their families and placed in an institution.