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Norman Jorgensen

  • Author talks on writing, history and adventure.
  • School talks by Norman Jorgensen.
  • Perth-based, Norman is available for both online or in-person delivery and is available to travel to events (additional costs apply).
  • Please contact Nudge Productions directly to discuss potential bookings.

Author talks on writing, history and adventure | Multi-award winning Author

Norman Jorgensen school talks on writing, history and adventure.

Prospective audience:

Year 1 to year 9 students

About Norman:

Norman fell in love with books at an early age and has spent nearly all his life working in the book trade. He developed a love of history from reading historical novels, and these influences are often reflected in his own work.

He was born in Broome and lived in several country towns throughout the state. He now lives in a 100-year-old house near Perth with his wife, also a children’s book devotee. In his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs of all the things that make history so exciting!

Australian stories are very important to Norman and he is proud that his stories are almost always located in Western Australia. He feels it is important that readers can see their own lives reflected in a landscape that is their own and that they can recognise. Norman Jorgensen school talks can discuss the historical settings of his books in detail that is suitable for the age of his audience.

AWARDS:

  • Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood (Shortlisted 2012)
  • Aurealis Award (Shortlisted 2012)
  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Shortlisted 2012)
  • SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards (Winner 2012)
  • Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Books (Notable Book 2012)
  • Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (Shortlisted 2006, Winner 2009 and 2012)
  • Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  • American SPCA Henry Burgh Award (Honour Book 2004)
  • Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Winner 2003)

About Norman’s books

Norman teamed with talented illustrator, James Foley, to produce his picture books, The Last Viking, and The Last Viking Returns. These fabulously illustrated books, about a boy who outwits local bullies by channelling his inner Viking, are a lovely blend of gentle wisdom, fun, courage and imagination as well as a glimpse into Norse history and mythology.

Norman has written a trilogy of piratical Middle-Reader adventure novels, starting with The Smuggler’s Curse (2016), The Wrecker’s Revenge (2019), and a soon-to-be-released sequel. The books follow the young protagonist Red Read and his experiences, as he sets sail from Broome, after his mother sells him to an infamous smuggler in the late 19th century. The franchise is an exhilarating and gripping adventure!

Jack’s Island is inspired by Norman’s father’s story of his time growing up on Rottnest Island. Jack’s Island gives middle readers an insight into life during World War II with a setting that many Western Australian children can strongly relate to.

Norman Jorgensen school talks and workshop topics:

Contact Nudge Productions to book Norman for Meet the Author sessions with schools, libraries other interested groups. Norman will work with each school to discuss their specific needs.

Pricing:

Norman can be booked for a single, or multiple sessions in a day. Longer residencies are also available.

Please contact Nudge Productions directly to discuss your specific needs, or to make a booking. You can email greg@nudgeproductions.com.au, or call Greg Cumming on 0406 317 801.

Testimonials for Norman Jorgensen school talks:

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Reviews for Norman’s books:

There are so many great reviews for Norman’s novels. Expand the button below to see a selection of them.

Norman Jorgensen Reviews

This accomplished writer tells a good tale. The cheeky but loveable characters are woven well into a riveting story-line with an Australian setting. All blend beautifully together within simple prose to form an exciting and entertaining story. [Four stars out of five]” Good Reading Magazine

“Sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always enthralling.’”School Matters

“I took heart in the real and secure place that family occupies in this novel.” Australian Book Review

“an insightful perspective of life on the Australian home front as seen through the eyes of its unruly narrator.” Canberra Times

“The Wreckers’ Revenge is a thrilling read for fans of pirates, Australian history and daring adventures.” ReadPlus

“The author’s mastery of location, character, sea lore and general lifestyles of the period are absolutely spot on. Set in the late 1890’s at the tail end of our pioneer era, the vast wildness of the Indian Ocean, provides a perfect backdrop for these thrilling adventures. Recommended.” Magpies

“Norman Jorgensen has masterfully woven an abundance of surprises along the way adding the them of growing relationships and a captain who loves quoting Shakespeare into the mix making this fast-paced story a must read.” Buzz Words Books

“Every sentence had a drip of anticipation and I really did find it quite hard to put the book down.” Hannah, age 12, Alphabet Soup

“… Jorgensen weaves his story around the places and colourful history of life in north-west Australia and the surrounding seas. Many young readers will enjoy these adventures and learn something of their country’s past in the process.” Good Reading

‘The story brims with historical detail and sailing lore without being too heavy-handed … This is a pacey read that will be enjoyed by kids aged 10+ who love adventure, treasure hunting and horrible histories!” CBCA Reading Time

‘I loved this story because when my Mum read it to me it made my heart feel good.” Harvey Wishart, 5 years old, The West Australian

“Young children will love it — it’s a good old fashioned romping adventure, which will have them gasping in anticipation of what will happen next.” Mornings with Fiona Parker, ABC Local Radio

“… an engaging theme, entertaining story and colourful, amusing illustrations.” MC Reviews

“The resulting showdown between boy, dog, god and fire-breathing beast is thrilling.” The Australian

“This accomplished writer tells a good tale. The cheeky but lovable characters are woven well into a riveting story-line with an Australian setting. All blend beautifully together within simple prose to form an exciting and entertaining story. [Four stars out of five]” Good Reading Magazine

“Sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always enthralling.” School Matters

“I took heart in the real and secure place that family occupies in this novel.” Australian Book Review

“an insightful perspective of life on the Australian home front as seen through the eyes of its unruly narrator.” Canberra Times

“Foley’s illustrations reflect the humour and warmth of Jorgensen’s text … The Last Viking will provide many happy hours of reading and gazing for little ones and grown-ups alike.” The Age

“This is such a fun book, with the illustrations and text working together perfectly to create an exciting, magical story. [four stars out of five]” Good Reading Magazine

“Norman Jorgensen’s writing and James Foley’s illustrations complement each other perfectly in this charming story about courage and imagination.” Junior Books+Publishing

“This is a beautifully illustrated book, with easy transitions from the present to Viking days of glory. The inclusion of a page from Pop’s Viking book is fascinating and adds to the many layers of this wonderfully inventive book of heroes and legends.” ABC Canberra Drive

“I have a new favourite picture book!” thebookchook.com

“In this delightful story of a small boy and his dog, imagination and myth integrate neatly with reality to create a picture book that will entice the reader to engage in a range of discussions including bullying, new siblings, courage and the power of myth and story.” IC3 The Professional Journal of the WA School Library Association & AISWA Libraries

“The Last Viking is a charming book that will appeal to anyone who has an interest in Vikings, or perhaps has a fearful child.” Magpies

“Teaching the importance of courage and the fun of imagination, this is a beautiful read accompanied by equally lovely illustrations.” Practical Parenting Magazine

“This clever story about childhood fears and overcoming them is perfectly complemented by James Foley’s colourful and humorous illustrations.” The West Australian

Teachers’ guides:

                       

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