Coinciding with Seniors Week 2015, the Blue Mountains Library held a creative competition for library members aged 13—21. The brief was to write a story or poem, or create an artwork about seniors in the Blue Mountains Community. And the response from young people was wonderful – each artwork and piece of writing submitted was a sincere expression of creativity, love, grief and celebration. The entries were all compiled into a ‘zine’ – a mini magazine – called ‘Seen + Heard’. Visit your your local library branch to pick up a free copy!
The library held the Zine Launch at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub on the 18th March, where the winners were announced and given their prizes. The winners were:
1st Place –
The Judge says: Natasha did a wonderful job explaining PSP, the loneliness, the day to day routine and the love her Great Uncle had in his life. Her descriptive and evocative style drew the reader into the story, wanting to know more, to hear the outcome, to experience what he was experiencing. – Vicki Edmunds, Manager of Libraries & Customer Services
The Judge says: The parallel story of Rose and El, the snippets of their lives and thoughts, beautifully brought together at the end. Represents old age and youth with very sharp detail. – Vicki Edmunds, Manager of Libraries & Customer Services
The Judge says: The drawing style in this series of portraits is very sophisticated and heart-felt. – Naomi Oliver, Children’s and Young Adult Team Leader
The Judge says: The creative approach, thoughtful subject matter and vibrant result draw the viewer in. – Naomi Oliver, Children’s and Young Adult Team Leader