There is something about winter that must bring out the desire to go within and draw out words and drawings that give expression to our creativity. In the last two days I have come across a couple of enticing events to engage children in literacy.
I first fell in love with Balingup 30 years ago ... the amazing smells when you walked through the door of The Tinderbox, camping by the Blackwood river, interesting country shops and cafes, fruit wine, a wonderful array of bed and breakfast establishments. I pictured myself living there in years to come. That didn't quite come to fruition but I still enjoy my visits to this beautiful town. And over the years it has developed some notable events to attract people far and wide. I came across the flyer for the Telling Tales in Balingup in my local library. 2 days of workshops for children from children's authors and illustrators, all nestled within the businesses of Balingup. The program looks fantastic. I am in the process of booking accommodation and intend to be there bright and early on Saturday 12 July to feast my eyes and senses on the books and workshops on offer. Not to mention enjoying the offerings of the various locations throughout the town in which the workshops will be conducted. I just hope my daughter is as excited as I am!
This next workshop first appeared in the Fremantle Arts Centre's courses for young people in Term II of this year. The July holiday program is now out and it features two literacy based workshops. The workshop on Concrete Poetry will be conducted during the holidays whilst the Creative Writing workshop will be conducted during school term. It's great to see the definition of the 'arts' in the young people's programs extended into the realm of words and how they can be used to give expression to creativity and imagination.