Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA May-Jun 2014 Contents Ageing topics in unlikely places -- outside
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planes made of
have inspired the
winner of the 2014
Gannaway of Mt
Warren Park in
chosen as this
year's winner with
his debut novel The Last Eaglehawk,
an adventure set in 1942 Australia
where a group of forgotten children
are recruited and trained to fly small
fighter planes against the advancing
The story, which earned high praise
for its originality and gripping storytelling,
took inspiration from Gannaway's own
childhood experiences and those of his
National Seniors Australia and
publishers Random House Australia
hold the literary contest each year for
unpublished authors aged 50 and over.
This year's theme was reflections.
The prize includes $2,000 cash,
a three-year membership of National
Seniors, publication of the winner's work
as an e-book, as well as cover design,
12 printed copies and the opportunity
for further print-on-demand versions.
The Last Eaglehawk will be available
for pre-order for retailers in April and as
an e-book in August 2014.
By Linda Belardi
DEMENTIA AND THE ARTS
NURSE AND FOUNDER member of Alzheimer's
Australia Vic Barbara Potter and artist Barbara
Davison have documented the results of their 10-year
experimental art project in a new book, The Hen that
Laid The Golden Omelette.
The creative arts project introduced painting classes
to people living with dementia at Uniting AgeWell Sefton
Club in Victoria -- a dementia-specific day centre.
After travelling to the United States and observing
similar art programs, Barbara Potter said she was
eager to set up an initiative in Australia.
The regular art classes encouraged self expression
through water colour painting and demonstrate the
huge creative capacity of people living with dementia,
The published book is a collection of the art
produced by the project's participants and the heart-
warming stories behind the artwork.
"In creating this book we wanted to leave a lasting
legacy that could be useful to others who wish to
provide meaningful art activities for people living with
dementia," said Barbara Davison. "There are no errors
in art. There is a freedom to explore without fear of failure or criticism, there is no right or wrong,
just fun and enjoyment."
Susan Hase's husband Peter attended the classes and his work features in the book.
"Peter always had a keen interest in art. Following his retirement as a Family Court judge and
QC he was encouraged to take up art as a form of therapy, mastering techniques in drawing and
painting. His work was displayed at several exhibitions. Peter's painting skills declined over time
but with the Sefton Art Project it was amazing to see those skills rejuvenated," Hase said.
The book gets its title from a painting by the late Bunty Rutherford who, aged 92 years, was
asked what she would like to call her piece. Barbara Potter recalled that there was a long pause as
Bunty considered her answer. "You could see her searching in her brain and then she found what
she was looking for. With a huge crooked smile she said The Hen That Laid The Golden Omelette."
To purchase the book see: www.fightdementia.org.au
THE 2014 WINNERS of the ACT government's
long-running community photographic
competition have been announced from a pool
of nearly 200 entries.
The Life's Reflections photographic
competition, which celebrates its 10th
anniversary this year, aims to capture aspects of
positive ageing, intergenerational relationships
and Canberra as an age-friendly city.
This year's winning images captured playful
park playdates, the strength and humour of family
bonds and bushwalking in the Urambi Hills.
ACT Minister for Ageing Shane Rattenbury
announced the winners at an awards ceremony
in late February. He said the competition
celebrates the role and contribution of
older people and seeks to wipe away age
The winning photos, along with other
selected entries will be displayed as part of a
photographic exhibition at the Canberra Centre
at the Retirement and Lifestyle Expo in May
and in ACT libraries.
From left to right:
IRT Kangara Waters resident Vance
Ingham's entry titled 'School Days'.
'Nancy and Lachlan', winner of the
secondary students category. By Philippa
'Grandparents playdate in the Park',
winner of the primary students category.
Photo by Owen Eveston.
'Every Monday and Friday,' winner of the
open category. Photo by Tamara Keogh.
'Bushwalking, rain or shine,' winner of
the seniors category. Photo by Gomathi
L-R Barbara Potter and Barbara Davison.
Original artwork from The Hen that Laid
The Golden Omelette
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