COVID unleashes creativity

Christian Dick, Aliyah Snapes (front) and Sarah Walls.
21st Jul 2020

Faceless youth, lost souls and tech-wise canines were all featured in the winning entries for Armidale Regional Library’s a Live it. Create it. Share it competition, inviting local youth to share their experiences about COVID-19.
Two Guyra entrants were among the winners. Sarah Walls penned a touching tribute to Little Boy Lost, while Hugh Shipman enlisted his canine companion to make a point.
Project Librarian Elizabeth Thomas said that there were a number of high-quality entries, both in their creativity and the insight they provided to how COVID-19 affected young people in our region.
“Testing times quite often inspire the greatest artistic expression and it would seem the past few months of COVID self-isolation are no exception,” Eliza said.
“The competition judges found it highly rewarding, witnessing the exceptional artistic talent of our young people and learning more about how youth are experiencing and responding to the pandemic.”
Live it. Create it. Share it was held to coincide with Youth Week celebrations, inviting young people to choose how they expressed themselves. Entrants used poems, photographs, sculpture and short stories to share their thoughts and experiences.
Four $250 EFTPOS cards were awarded to Sarah Walls and Christian Dick in the 17-25 yr age category and Hugh Shipman and Aliyah Snapes in the 12-16 yr age category

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