I can’t believe we fitted so much into five days. One goal was for the kids to create illustrated stories to be published by the ILF. Though making the books was a focus, they were actually the catalyst for a much bigger story. The kids’ creative energy infused their work as much as their play – the library was home camp and workstation. And later, the Bush camp was an extra creative environment!
Over five days they planned their books, grew their paper clay characters, drew their pictures, tasted bush turkey, made damper, played softball, and dug for maku. Inside, outside, day and night, by sunlight and firelight, they stayed so full of creative energy whether drawing on paper or in the salt lake sand, cooking up stories or competing in the camp oven cook-off, racing round bushes in the red dust or racing to the picture book finish line … they did it all! They were witty, wild and wonderful and reveled in each others support and company. It was lovely too, working in tandem with such caring and positive adults. The atmosphere reflected the Tjuntjun environment – breezy, relaxed, generous and friendly.