Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be hosting an art exhibition by inmates of Bilibid Prison in the Philippines from Wednesday 2 December 2015 until Thursday 24 December 2015.
Chris Woolcock, the renowned woodworker who creates fabulous rocking horses, has been teaching woodworking at the Bilibid Prison since 2012. He has seen firsthand the living conditions of the inmates and the enormous benefits that come from having a creative outlet. With no funding available, Chris offered to provide the materials for about fifty pictures which he has brought to Australia.
The paintings bring to life the inner visions, dreams and aspirations of the inmates who otherwise live a harsh life in this prison. Beautiful, vivid colours and classic themes are represented in many of the works.
“Our library provides an outlet and an exhibition space for artists from all cultures and backgrounds, but I think this may be the first exhibition of works from another country,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “I hope that many local people will get the chance to see this exhibition and that it provides the members of our community with insight into the work of artists from a very different background.”
Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.
Mayor Maree Statham
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“The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes” by Jamyang Norbu.
Reviewed by Miriam Scott
Sherlock Holmes has fuelled the imagination of the reading public since his 1887 debut in “A Study in Scarlet”. This enigmatic and major figure of the detective genre has also inspired screenwriters and novelists alike to create movies and novels around his strongly delineated and eccentric characteristics and the evocative time in which he ‘lived’.
“The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes” focuses on the period of his ‘disappearance’ (rumours of his death were greatly exaggerated). Using a line spoken by Dr Watson in the “Adventure of the Empty House”, 1903, “I travelled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhasa”, Jamyang Norbu writes a tale that takes you back in time and on one of Holmes’ epic adventures. This novel is rich in Anglo-Indian colour, snippets of history and insights into Tibet’s precarious position throughout its existence. Filled with little gems of scientific observation and political insights, this narrative provides an explanation of the mystery that has always shrouded the period of Holmes’ disappearance.
This entrancing novel contains humour and is a window into a past world that, for many, remains romantic and exotic.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, read by Humphrey Bower
A Talking Book review by Scotia Tracey
Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.
Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery.
With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.
And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.
Brilliantly narrated by Humphrey Bower, I was swept back into being a teenager in a country town very similar to Corrigan. Humphrey makes you believe you are listening to each of the varied, complex characters – from a gawky boy, an old isolated man and an Asian immigrant. He captured the youth and coming of age of the main characters, making them realistic, relatable and mostly lovable. The story is tragic, funny, warm and witty.
This story is available at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre in print and as an audio book. If you haven’t listened to a Humphrey Bower narrated story – do yourself a favour and give this one a go!