Wylah: The Koorie Warrior

Monash University Performing Arts Centres

Event Date: 
1 July 2022
Author / Presenters: 
Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard

Meet Wylah: warrior, hero and friend. Her adventures have been 40,000 years in the making.

Join authors Jordan and Richard onstage to discover this new Indigenous fantasy adventure series. Wylah: The Koorie Warrior is an entirely original story inspired by First Nations history and grounded in culture.

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Wylah is brave, clever and strong-willed, and all her best friends are animals. But she isn’t a warrior. Not yet, anyway.

Then comes the day when her family is stolen by the dragon army, and her life is forever changed. She must find the courage to set out on a journey to save them. What will it take for Wylah to become a warrior, like her Grandmother before her?

Co-author and Peek Whurrong man Jordan Gould is Indigenous Australian. Richard Pritchard, the co-author and illustrator, is an Indigenous Pacific Islander who grew up in New Zealand before moving to Australia. Both creators live in Warrnambool, Victoria.

In 2020, Jordan and Richard launched a Kickstarter campaign for a special edition of Wylah, meeting their $20,000 goal in three days and sparking national media interest. A video on SBS about Wylah now has over half a million views.

Jordan and Richard recognised the importance of doing a series of cultural consultations with First Nations women, and they formed a Koorie story trust team that would ensure sensitivities to the culture were overseen. They visited museums, galleries, parks and heritage sites to inform their story.

Join them in person for this exclusive encounter as part of Family Fiesta!

Following this event there will be a book signing in the foyer with the authors.

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Part of Family Fiesta – 29 June – 2 July 2022 – a jam-packed celebration of Australian children’s literature, theatre, art and music for kids 0-12 years old and their families. Tickets + more: https://monash.edu/family-fiesta