Gorge artists work­shop sto­ries with Black Ink

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

MOSS­MAN Gorge com­mu­nity mem­bers have been work­ing closely with Black Ink Press this week to de­velop their own story books.

Work­ing along­side emerg­ing and pub­lished au­thors, a group of 15 mem­bers put their pens to pa­per in “the shed” to com­plete two Black Ink Press work­shops on Mon­day and Tues­day.

Black Ink Press is a com­mu­ni­ty­based In­dige­nous pub­lish­ing ven­ture based in Townsville and Far North Queens­land who men­tor emerg­ing writers.

The work­shops show peo­ple how to start sto­ries by con­sid­er­ing the au­di­ence, cre­at­ing a sto­ry­board to find the story, shap­ing the words they want to use and the im­ages to il­lus­trate them.

Black Ink Press co-or­di­na­tor Jeanie Adams and Moss­man Gorge Art Cen­tre man­ager Jean- nie Hey­natz were de­lighted to see the mem­bers ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The mem­bers have re­ally en­joyed the work­shops and have pro­duced very cre­ative sto­ry­boards,” Mrs Hey­natz said. “We are hop­ing to con­tinue this work in the fu­ture where peo­ple can come down to the shed one day a week and work on their sto­ries.”

The pair in­vited a va­ri­ety of lo­cal pub­lished au­thors to work closely with the mem­bers in­clud- ing pub­lished au­thor Es­ther Fis­cher from Moss­man and lo­cal pub­lished il­lus­tra­tor Lil­lian Four­mile.

“My son Trevor Four­mile wrote two books, in­clud­ing How The Cas­sowary Got Its Hel­met and Ba­jir­riga The Turtle, which I illustrated,” she said.

“All of the mem­bers here are artists in their own right and I think they are teach­ing me a few things about sketch­ing.”

Learn­ing the trade: Moss­man Gorge artists at the­Black Ink Press work­shop

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