After 12 months of writing and illustrating their stories, seven of the eight authors of Growing Up in Nyirrpi, finally got to see their published book on November 18. Jacinta Price, Warlpiri woman, singer/songwriting and Imparja TV presenter, officially launched the book.
‘‘It’s a wonderful, positive experience for the young authors. It creates self-worth and identity for them to know their stories are important and who they are as individuals,” said Ms Price.
‘‘They can become anything they want when they’re older and know what they’re capable of doing.’’
The young authors, Lisa and Desphina, who began writing their stories and later inspired other students in their class to write stories, were both present at the launch in Alice Springs. The excited group of students drove five hours and 420km with the Principal, Wendy Jones, to participate in the launch. Hosted by the Alice Springs Public Library, the news got around town and attracted a large audience including local school children, past teachers of Nyirrpi School, and Yamba – the famous Honey Ant!
The Warlpiri students, speakers of more than two languages, took pride in sharing their stories with the audience.