Booboos workshops tapping into creative young minds


Albury children’s book author Craig Dent and illustrator Lauren Habarow will present an interactive workshop for children at Country Lifestyle this year.

Craig’s Boobook creative workshops have already proved a hoot across northeast Victoria this year, at Mitta Mitta, Talgarno, Bethanga, Australian CC Hume, Omeo and Carraragarmungee primary schools, and Benalla, Mansfield and Wangaratta shire libraries.

Craig and Lauren will present a creative session for children at Country Lifestyle on Tuesday, September 18 at 12.05pm.

He has been funded several times by the Australia Council for the Arts, was writer-in-residence at the Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, and is engaged by Macquarie Primary School for a 50th anniversary book.

A registered teacher, Craig was guest author at the Clunes Booktown Festival and took part in the Words in Winter Festival at Daylesford in August.

“I had the idea to incorporate verses and illustrations by our regional primary students and therefore give them an opportunity to publish,’’ he said.

Lauren Habarow has a Diploma in Fine Arts from Riverina Institute of TAFE and illustrated Craig’s 2017 book, The Laugh that Shook the World, created with students from 16 towns in northeast Victoria.

Regional Arts Australia showcased the book at the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria this year.

Lauren accompanied Craig on the 2018 Boobook creative workshop tour, engaging students with her enthusiasm for the arts and enjoying working with young people.

“The session starts with a background and reading of the story,’’ Mr Dent said.

“The students are told that selected work will be included in the book. They are put into three groups of three and mind map ideas on their country towns.

“Half of the groups draw with Lauren and the other half write verse with myself.

“They write four lines then use the technique of beat counting to create rhythm.

“There is sharing of the three groups verses and drawings at the end of the session.’’

The creative workshops will be followed by a presentation tour to schools and shires in November-December and the launch of Craig’s new book, The Owl who Travels Through Time.