In 2016, Craig has released 'ghostology': an anthology of poetry and photography from 1990-2009
Craig Dent is a creative writer, music creator, photographer, mentor and teacher, based in Thurgoona, NSW.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Writing, and a Bachelor of Teaching Degree (English), as well as a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Craig runs a creative youth mentor program, Dreamfields, and is available for specialised creative writing teaching and workshops in primary and secondary schools. Dreamfields links regional youth to the annual Dreamfields Festival, Thurgoona, and the Henty Machinery Field Days.
In 2012, he was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts for Dreamfields Festival.
|'Craig Dent has been more than just a mentor to myself and many other individuals over the past few years. Craig's dedication to providing youths and young adults in rural areas with the means to create and experience music has undoubtedly inspired many to work towards goals they once never would've considered being able to accomplish. Craig's continual support has allowed me to become more confident in myself. His passion provides so many people with the opportunity to explore pathways often not readily available in rural or regional areas. Time and time again his love for music and the arts, in conjunction to his outstanding ability to connect with people, has made events such as Dreamfields a shining success.' - Mia Bettio, Walwa, 2015
In a creative career spanning more than 25 years, Craig has been awarded a $10,000 Writer's Project Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and won a Drum Media creative writing prize that took him on safari to Africa.
Craig has held several writer-in-residency positions through the Australia Council for the Arts and ACT Arts, including a community youth writing project at Western Plains Zoo, and at Macquarie Primary School with athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport.
He published illustrated poetry books, Broken Drought and Silent Rebellion, in 1989. His creative work has been exhibited in The Convent Gallery, Daylesford, Victoria, Albury Regional Art Gallery, NSW, and the National Multicultural Festival, ACT.
In 2014, his band, [INSERT MEMORY], released their debut album [FUTUREGHOSTS], with an interactive website launched in 2015.