Trevor is from the Yidinji people from northern Queensland. How the Cassowary got its Helmet and Bajirriga the Turtle are stories based on the coastal rainforest told in traditional style and are illustrated by his mother, Lillian Fourmile.
Trevor whose Yidinji name is Bumi (lightning flash) is a health worker for Queensland Health. He is interested in teaching the younger generation his culture through traditional dancing, story telling and writing children's books. Readers are encouraged to think about their relationship to the community as well as enjoying these wonderful traditional stories.
How the Cassowary got its helmet was a winner in the inaugural Black Ink Writing and Illustrating award. It is a story made up by Trevor as he remembered the stories told by his grandfather, and he also thanks his father for passing on the traditions and his mother for her artwork.
Bajirriga the Turtle is a full-colour, picture story book for young readers. It is written in a traditional storytelling style and incorporates bold, stylized images.
The story is about an age-old tale of the conflict of youth - Bajirriga won't cooperate with his community, and the consequences are dramatic. This story was also inspired after listening to the stories told by his grandfather.
Trevor has become a promoter of literature and a popular speaker at schools where he shares his culture to the younger generation through storytelling and brings stories from their Yidinji family to life.
Trevor was great with the students, they loved having a "yarn" with him about all sorts of things. He engaged the students with his stortelling and they enjoyed getting involved with dancing and games.
Brisbane Montessori School - September 2021Brisbane Montessori School - September 2021Trevor Fourmile
Trevor entertained and educated the students with his traditional stories and teachings. His knowledge and lessons are invaluable we would love to have him back at our school again in the future.
Windsor State School - September, 2020Windsor State School - September, 2020Trevor Fourmile
Trevor was great at telling the stories passed to him by his father. He could engage well with the children, and they all enjoyed his visit.
St John's Anglican College - June 2020St John's Anglican College - June 2020Trevor Fourmile
Trevor was one of the absolutely superlative presenters at our literature carnival this year. As a group, they expanded the students munitions of creativity and were very well received by all staff. Their presentations were highly engaging as they were diverse. Students had a full immersion into the world of the writer, storyteller and illustrator. I personally wish to express my gratitude to their unbounding energy and galvanising a week of learning and fun into the minds of our students and teachers.
Belmont State School - August 2018Belmont State School - August 2018Trevor Fourmile
Trevor was very engaging not only for the students but also for the teachers. The audience learnt so much about his culture from both his books, stories and activities. He was able to adjust his sessions to meet the understanding of the different age groups. Each session encouraged the students to participate in activities, getting up and moving around, dancing and playing games. I would highly recommend Trevor to other schools and seriously consider having Trevor visit again.
St John's Anglican College - October, 2017St John's Anglican College - October, 2017Trevor Fourmile