In 2017, Craig released his first children's book, 'The Laugh
That Shook The World', following on from 2016 when he
released 'ghostology': an anthology of poetry and photography from 1990-2009.
He was also commissioned to write a book on Benambra, 'Released From The Wild', by North East CMA.
Craig Dent is a creative writer, music creator, photographer, and teacher, based in Thurgoona, NSW.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Writing, and a Bachelor of Teaching Degree in English.
Craig runs a creative youth program, Dreamfields, and is available for specialised creative writing workshops in primary and secondary schools.
Dreamfields links regional youth to the annual Dreamfields Awards and Festival, Henty Machinery Field Days. The award winners are invited to go on a creative exchange with Somerset Rural Youth Project, UK, which commenced in 2017.
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 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 four decades, 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 is again a Writer in Residence at Macquarie Primary School in 2018, writing a book celebrating their 50th anniversary.
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 2018, Craig will be a guest author at Clunes Booktown Festival, as well as creating his new children's book with students from schools, and his work is being showcased by Regional Arts Australia at the Melbourne Art Book Fair.