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Kirsty Murray Kirsty Murray i(A4949 works by) (birth name: Kirstin Doris Boyd)
Born: Established: 1960 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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From an early age Kirsty Murray loved listening to all types of stories in the school yard and elsewhere. Her father, the sculptor Guy Boyd was a natural storyteller and her mother, Phyllis, was a passionate reader. Murray has made her home in a number of countries including France, Wales and North America; her Australian home is in Melbourne. Murray writes children's fiction with a focus on Australian history.

After working in a number of other fields, including graphic arts, Murray enrolled in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. She subsequently began writing non-fiction for younger readers. She turned to writing fiction in 1999 and developed a particular focus on Australian historical fiction. A member of the famous Boyd family, Murray is the great granddaughter of artist Emma Minnie Boyd, great niece of writer Martin Boyd and artist Penleigh Boyd and niece of the artists Arthur and David Boyd.

In 2012, Murray joined Benjamin Law and three Indian writers in the Bookwallah, an initiative which took the five across India by train on a kind of travelling library that took them between literary festivals.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 nominated International Awards The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants Murray, Kirsty - Literature Development Grants Individuals and Groups $5,040.00
2011 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $50,000 for young adult literature writing.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6169772 2013 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The room was full of moon shadows and dancing light. But it was the wall around the window that Lucy couldn't stop staring at, the one with the painting of Spring. It was as bright as a sunny day and the tiny yellow flowers that covered the fields were moving, as if a breeze had blown through the painting and set all the petals dancing.

'Lucy McKenzie can walk through walls. Sent to stay with her Aunt Big in a hidden valley, Lucy discovers the old house is full of mysteries. One hot night, she hears a voice calling from inside a painting on the dining-room wall...

'On the other side of the painting, Lucy meets three children. Together they race horses through the bush, battle fires and floods, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. But who are April, Tom and Jimmy Tiger, and what magic has drawn Lucy to them?' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
y separately published work icon Topsy-Turvy World : How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2012 6343009 2012 single work information book children's

'To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy turvy. Christmas was in the summer and trees shed their bark but not their leaves. And the animals were bizarre. There was a bird that laughed like a donkey and a type of greyhound that bound along on its hind legs like a hare. There was an animal in Tasmania whose nocturnal screeches sounded like the devil and a river creature that had a ducks bill at one end and a beavers tail at the other.

'The Europeans had never seen anything like these animals before and gave them names similar to those of the European creatures they already knew. They drew and painted odd pictures of them, showing they did not understand the animals habits. In one illustration, a wombat is standing on its back legs and in another a Tasmanian tiger is wrestling with a platypus of the same size.' (Trove)

2013 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
2013 commended Whitley Awards Young Naturalist
y separately published work icon India Dark Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1711853 2010 single work novel young adult historical fiction 'Madras 1910: a troupe of child performers are stranded, having staged a strike against their manager. Their fate now depends on the outcome of a court case, and an alliance with gentlemen of the British Raj. Based on a true story, India Dark recreates shifting friendships and loyalties and the clash of innocence versus experience against the backdrop of India's seductive mysteries.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner New South Wales Premier's History Prize Young People's History Prize
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