Illustrator Tori- Jay Mordey.
Illustrator Tori- Jay Mordey. Contributed

Hervey Bay illustrator, 18, thrilled with winning book

A BOOK illustrated by a Hervey Bay girl is set to hit bookshelves on May 9, after winning an award for its indigenous and supernatural themes.

Torres Strait Islander Tori-Jay Mordey, 18, has illustrated the book Bakir and Bi which was written by her aunt.

"Aunty Jillian first asked my mum to illustrate for her, but my mum asked me if I would like do it because I was interested in becoming an illustrator," she said.

The pair entered the National Black and Write competition which is run by the Queensland State Library and designed to give indigenous editors mentoring.

"It was a fantastic feeling when we found out we won and the book will be published," she said.

"I am excited but nervous as well for what's coming ahead."

Ms Mordey's illustrations for the book added to an already huge workload.

"The characters were easy to draw but the timing was difficult because I was just finishing Year 11 and all through Year 12 I had a lot to juggle," she said.

"I don't know how I did it but I did, my mum and dad helped and supported me through this time and I am thankful for that.

"Hopefully the book will be promoted in Hervey Bay and it will be nice to be back in the Bay for that."

Bakir and Bi will be available soon in bookshops and online at magabala.com.



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