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Michael Pryor

Author

Best-selling author Michael Pryor has published more than twenty books and fifty short stories. He is one of Australia’s leading fantasy writers. Michael has been shortlisted six times for the Aurealis Awards (including for Blaze of Glory and Heart of Gold), has been nominated for a Ditmar award, and five of his books have been CBCA Notable Books, including Word of Honour.

Where were you born?

I was born in Swan Hill, Victoria. I spent my childhood and youth in country Victoria, Melbourne, Werribee and Geelong.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as a drainer’s labourer, a truck driver, a bathroom accessories salesperson, an Internet consultant, a software developer, a textbook publisher, in a scrap metal yard and as a secondary school teacher.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about the power of narrative, the importance of imagination, and the critical part that reading plays in shaping aware and humane young people.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I can do magic.

Testimonials

We have had Michael back time after time when we go on our Writers’ Camp because he is just so great with the kids. His presentation is always interesting and engaging, and he really gets the kids thinking about their writing and how they can improve it. They come away with a wealth of ideas and such enthusiasm. I would certainly recommend him to any school for their writing workshops.

—H. Boundy, Head of Library Services, Woodleigh School 2016

Hi Michael,
I just wanted to say thank you for your efforts yesterday. I was worried that we were driving you too hard – three 60 plus minute talks then a workshop makes for a demanding day in anyone’s books, but you were great. The kids today were bubbling with enthusiasm and all the ones I spoke to had a different thing they said they liked. So, thank you!

—D. Lee, Literacy Coordinator, Rosehill Secondary College 2016

The year 7 students were very excited to see the process of writing a book, and I think Michael debunked many myths involved in writing, in a friendly and humorous way. The year 7s were very interested in how a book is actually written and how much goes into “selling” the book to readers. His openness about the difficulties and the rewards was great, and the students were very responsive to it.

—N.Burke, St Leonards, August 2014

Michael Pryor was an excellent speaker who leveled with the children and spoke very appropriately about the editing process to our budding writers. This event was a great success. We will definitely use your booking agency again and would recommend Michael Pryor highly.

—N. Ferriere, Berwick Fields Primary School, December 2013

Mazenod students had a wonderful experience with Michael Pryor as our Writer in Residence last week.

You’ll be expecting positive feedback, I’m sure, but for us it was a landmark activity. Although writers have come to Mazenod for specific year levels in the past, this was a first-time event organised by library staff and, as such, was under close scrutiny as to value and disruption to classes.

It has been very well received by staff and feedback from all concerned, from the Principal down, is most enthusiastic. Michael was a delight to work with, thoroughly engaging and inspiring.

—C. Elliott, Mazenod College, September 2012

We had a great day on Monday with our visiting authors. The staff and student feedback was very positive and more importantly the books of the visiting authors are now in high demand from library! Naturally each author had their own style for presentation but all were considerate of the group before them and adjusted the talks accordingly. Michael Pryor also adapted his chat to suit some year 7 students which we really appreciated.

—R. Hirst, Lowther Hall, September 2012

Michael Pryor’s visit was first rate yesterday. He is a talented speaker who knows how to “reach” young adult readers with his examples and stories. Plus, he is so kind to kids and really gives them his whole attention when they stay to speak with him.

I appreciate your efforts to connect Michael with our school. Thank you so much for all your work behind the scenes. It really pays off when 600 students get to meet a real writer.

—M. McCann, Hong Kong International School, June 2011

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