THE front of Albury’s library is covered with the stories of students and recently arrived migrants and refugees.
The art, called Confluence, was unveiled yesterday when Albury mayor Alice Glachan opened the Write Around the Murray Festival.
It was created by international artist Glen Clarke and the Border’s Bronwyn Cossor to partially cover the facade of the library museum with artwork.
Stories from the Albury and District Historical Society and former residents of the Bonegilla migrant centre feature, complementing the Australian voices theme of the festival.
Event co-ordinator Ann-Maree Ellis said WAM-4-Kids was a new festival element to teach them how writing could give them a voice.
“Kids through story can tell people who they are, what they value and who they want to be,” she said.
“Their imagination is set free and lives through the written word.”
Picture-book illustrators and authors will tutor children on Saturday morning.
St Patrick’s Primary School pupils read stories they had written about why they belong in Albury.
Patrick McCormack, 10, wrote about feeling safe and enjoying the clean air.
“My favourite place is the Murray River because it pushes you near the shore and that’s fun,” he said.
Cr Glachan said she had not grasped the importance of reading as a child and encouraged all children to participate.
“It’s a fantastic skill and an essential part of life,” she said.
Cr Glachan said the festival gave children a sense of pride because they had the chance to let people know what they thought.
There will be various workshops and presentations before the festival finishes on Sunday.