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Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor are our first Australian Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Laureates! Together they share the inaugural role for 2012 and 2013 and are united in their message to all Australian Children: ' join our story circle!'. Both have been very busy in 2012 involving children, their families and communities in events, festivals and projects all over the country from remote communities to inner city schools... Now it's 2013 and they are excited about another full program of story based activities! (What does it mean to be a Children's Laureate?).

Visit the Laureate website... and you can also Like us on facebook. January 2013 Alison Lester at THE BIG DRAW! Newcastle Region Library - NSW Date: Friday 25 January Time: 10am - 3pm Entry: Free public event (foyer and gallery). Alison Lester will be leading drawing workshops to create a large wall mural based on her Antarctica exhibition as part of The Big Draw Newcastle. Alison will lead drawing demonstrations in stencilling, watercolour, collage and wax resist. These will take place regularly during the day (10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm). The Big Draw Newcastle is the largest collaboration of a Big Draw Event to take place in Australia. Alison Lester's Kids' ANTARCTIC ART Exhibition Newcastle Region Library, Lovett Gallery - NSW Date: 17 January until 23 February And if you are in or visiting Newcastle this January, visit the Newcastle Region Library and see the fabulous Alison Lester's Kids' ANTARCTIC ART Exhibition from 17 January until 23 February. The exhibition includes artwork from her new picture book, Sophie Scott Goes South.

During her two years as Laureate, Alison is

Boori invites people in through storytelling,

working on a creative collaboration with the

dance and music, making them part of the

children of Australia. The final product will the

storytelling circle before the story is written

This is My Place, a book for children, by

down. So it’s fitting that his project as Laureate

children. It is planned to include work by about

is called Storykeepers, a documentary film that

100 kids, writing, drawing, painting and

shows the way Boori works with children to keep

photographing their lives. It will include pieces by

their own stories and the story of their land and

children from remote communities and cities,

culture alive.

from kids who live in commission flats and those who grow up with everything money can buy.

As Boori says: 'I believe we all need to become storykeepers if we are to belong in this country.

Alison has created a wikispace all about the

This is why I started the Storykeepers

project so you can get involved at home. She

documentary project. I’m very lucky to have an

explains: 'What I want most are vivid

amazing team… Meme McDonald (his co-author

descriptions of your place. Tell me about

on six books), Ian Jones (The Tracker, Ten


Canoes) and Jon Staley from YouthWorx Media.'

Download the full Storykeepers pitch here.

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Australian Children's Laureate - January News 2013  

Find out about what Alison and Boori will be up to in 2013 and how to be involved with their exciting projects!