Al­ways a Queen of our hearts

New book cap­tures essence of area held dear to so many

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

AS QUEEN St gets a makeover, its orig­i­nal face and mem­ory will be for­ever cap­tured in a new artis­tic pub­li­ca­tion by St Marys Cor­ner.

Pen­rith Coun­cil launched the Sur­faces, An­gles and Cor­ners: Queen Street St Marys book ear­lier this month at one of Queen St’s new­est ad­di­tions – Fu­sion Cafe.

Pro­duced by St Marys Cor­ner Com­mu­nity and Cul­tural Precinct through the Queen St Riches and Tex­tures project, the book fea­tures po­ems, writ­ings, con­ver­sa­tions, illustrations, pho­to­graphs and QR dig­i­tal links.

The Queen St Riches and Tex­tures project has pro­moted col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween emerg­ing artists, ex­pe­ri­enced artists and the St Marys com­mu­nity since 2012 and pub­lished works like Faces of St Marys and Queen St of Hearts.

Pen­rith Mayor John Thain said the book was not just in me­mo­riam of the past but was also a celebration of present artists.

“Artists are vi­tal to our com­mu­nity; they are in many ways our heart and soul,” Cr Thain said.

“This book is a show­case of the ex­cep­tional lo­cal tal­ent we have and also a tes­ta­ment to com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and part­ner­ships.

“The pub­li­ca­tion of Sur­faces, An­gles and Cor­ners co­in­cides with the 15th an­niver­sary of the St Marys Cre­ative Writ­ers Group, (which is) one of the old­est lo­cal com­mu­nity groups at St Marys Cor­ner.

“I can’t think of a more fit­ting way to cel­e­brate than with this ex­cep­tional work of art.”

The book aimed to de­pict a life lived on Queen St through a kalei­do­scope of art­work, po­etry, mem­oirs and pho­tog­ra­phy.

It is a unique melt­ing pot of mod­ern and his­tor­i­cal po­ems, art­work of fa­mous land­marks such as the house Mi­mosa and mem­oirs from his­to­ri­ans such as Lyn Forde.

As St Marys copes with ex­pan­sion, its beloved his­tory and essence is sure to be kept for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in the printed time cap­sule.

The project was sup­ported by a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing St Marys Cre­ative Writ­ers Group and St Marys Area Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Project.

Copies of the book are avail­able for read­ing at the St Marys Li­brary and Pen­rith Li­brary.

Per­form­ers Abbey Hin­vest, Nathan Scott and Jack Manley at the St Marys book launch. Pic­ture: James Wood (Fu­sion)

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