WRIT­ING IT FROM THE HEART

PREMISE FOR NEW BOOK’S FIRST PAGE ‘GIVEN’ TO AU­THOR IN A DREAM

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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