Norman Jorgensen

Norman was born in Broome, the eldest of four brothers and lived in several country towns throughout Western Australia during his childhood. When he turned ten, the family moved to Kalamunda, in the hills above Perth, where his parents still live.  In his spare time, Norman loves to read, travel and take photographs, especially of castles, cathedrals, villages, battle grounds and all the things that make history so exciting!  He now lives in a 100 year old house near the city with his wife and his collection of books and old movies.
 
Norm began writing when in primary school and had a story read on the ABC Radio kid’s club, but it took many years for his first picture book, In Flander’s Fields, to be published. Beautifully illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever, this is the story of a young homesick soldier who risks his life to cross no-man’s land to rescue a robin caught in the barbed wire that separates opposing forces.  In Flander’s Fields won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2003.  
 
Norman’s picture book The Call of the Osprey is a poignant and beautiful story about dedication, loyalty and friendship.
 
A Fine Mess is a story that truly lives up to its title!  It is a superbly chaotic look at life for a normal boy who just wants to have fun, snag the girl of his dreams and stay out of trouble.  Michael’s adventures continue in Another Fine Mess 002.
 
His most recent novel for young readers, Jack’s Island is an exciting adventure of bravery and courage, set in a time of Australian history that is largely forgotten.  
 
Norman teamed with talented debut illustrator, James Foley, to produce his latest picture book, The Last Viking.  This fabulous new book, about a boy who outwits local bullies by channeling his inner Viking, is a lovely blend of gentle wisdom, fun, courage and imagination.  Norman and James are now working on the sequel to The Last Viking, currently titled The Lost Vikings. Read all about the making of these books on Knut the Last Viking blog http://knutthelastviking.wordpress.com/.
 
Norman has kindly loaned The Literature Centre the original artwork of The Last Viking to include in our Travelling Exhibitions.   Our Education Officers can bring travelling exhibitions to schools to run interactive Literature Workshops with students.  
 
You can also find out more about Norman by visiting www.normanjorgensen.com.au

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