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 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
Trevor was a warm and engaging speaker. The children enjoyed participating in his storytelling and learnt through this about his aboriginal heritage. He definitely met our expectations and we would recommend him to others.
Seven Hills State School - August, 2017Seven Hills State School - August, 2017Trevor Fourmile
Trevor is always great. Very engaging.
St. Laurence's College - March, 2017St. Laurence's College - March, 2017Trevor Fourmile
“we all thought that Trevor’s presentation was great. Overall the boys were engaged and interested in what he was saying and asked some good questions.”
” I think we all learned something new and found it really interesting.”
“I thought it was excellent (I learnt a lot too!!!). He was a fantastic speaker and the kids were clearly engaged throughout the whole session. Thanks for the opportunity”.
“I wanted to mention what an impact your guest speaker had on .. yesterday. He was full of stories last night about Aboriginal culture and traditions and had us all completely entertained and engaged. I actually feel very ashamed that this information was completely new to me. I really did learn so much from the stories that Sid shared over dinner.
This part of the curriculum is so important and I am delighted that the boys took such a strong message from their learnings yesterday."
Trevor Fourmile - The Southport School, October, 2015Trevor Fourmile - The Southport School, October, 2015Trevor Fourmile