Sally Morgan was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1951 and is a descendant of the Palku people of the Pilbara. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Western Australia in 1974. She also has post-graduate diplomas from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University of Technology) in Counselling Psychology and Computing and Library Studies. She is a Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at the University of Western Australia and lives in Perth with her three children. Sally Morgan has established a national reputation as an artist and has works in numerous private and public collections both in Australia and North America.
She has published two books for adults: My Place, 1987 Fremantle Arts Centre Press, a powerful autobiography of three generations, and Wanamurraganya: The Story of Jack McPhee, 1989 Fremantle Arts Centre Press, a biography of her grandfather.
The Art of Sally Morgan, the first published collection of her work, was published by Penguin in 1996.
Sams Bush Journey is Sallys latest picture storybook, published by Little Hare in September 2009. Co-written with Ezekiel Kwaymullina and beautifully illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft, it tells the story of Sam, who hates the bush. However, on visiting his Nanna, who loves the outdoors, he undertakes a journey during which he learns there is more to the bush than stinging insects and prickly vegetation. Other picture story books written by Sally include Little Piggies (illustrated by Paul Morgan, 1991 Fremantle Arts Centre Press) and Hurry Up Oscar (illustrated by Bettina Guthridge, 1993 Penguin). In the 1990s she wrote a series of three childrens books illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft and published by Fremantle Arts Press: Just a Little Brown Dog, Dans Grampa and In Your Dreams. The Flying Emu, a collection of short stories for young readers which feature some illustrations by Sally, was first published by Penguin in hardback in 1992 and later in paperback.
Recently, Sally has been working collaboratively with her three children, Ambelin, Blaze and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, writing stories for children. Curly and The Fent was published by Random House Australia in July 2008 and the sequel, Curly Saves Grandma's House was published in March 2009. These stories are full of imagination, mischief and adventure, perfect for boys aged 7 to 9. See a review of Curly and the Fent at YARA online and in Reading Time, Vol 52, No 1. Praise for Curly Saves Grandma's House
This is a great one for reluctant readers six and up because there's something for everyone: magic realism, adventure, action and humour. It also covers interesting territory when it comes to dealing with bullies and sticking up for what's right..
~The Sunday Age, 8 March 2009
The four authors are presently working on other writing projects both together and independently. Stopwatch, Book 1: The Land of Kur (March 2009) and Stopwatch, Book 2: The Land of Mirthful (July 2009), published by Walker Books Australia are the first two books in a new fantasy series co-written by all four authors. They are action packed and full of earthy humour, perfect for 7 to 9 year olds. A stopwatch has sixty thin black lines, each marking off the seconds in a minute. But in Tom's stopwatch, they are also geateways to sixty different worlds!
Sallys play Sistergirl, produced by Black Swan Theatre, was first performed in Perth at the Festival of Perth 1992 and since then has toured to Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Darwin, country Western Australia centres and Melbourne. There have been two adaptations for theatre of stories in Flying Emu: Shark Island Stories, adaptation by Mary Morris for the Griffin Theatre, first performed at the 1995 Sydney Festival. The Flying Emu, adaptation by Mary Sutherland as a piece of shadow puppet theatre for the Polyglot Puppet Theatre, was first performed in Melbourne April 1995.
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