A local creative who has just had his comic book made into an animation be featured at a travelling literature event in Hedland. Spinifex Hill Studio artist Layne Dhu-Dickie, who created the comic book Captain Hedland, took part in the workshops and activities at the Scribblers on the Road Festival on Saturday, August 19, in South Hedland. The 19-year-old’s comic book has been made into an animated short film which was played at Spinifex Hill Studio on Friday, August 18, during the Woven Together Exhibition. Curatorial lead at FORM, the organisation that runs Spinifex Hill Studio, Andrew Nicholls said Dhu-Dickie’s work was a source of inspiration for Hedland youth. “The comic and the animation is set in South Hedland,” he said. “It’s a local artist telling his own story about South Hedland and what makes it unique.” The Captain Hedland comic book depicts a South Hedland superhero and his exploits around town. The animated adaption is four minutes long and Mr Nicholls said the team was hoping to make a second part next year. Spinifex Hill Studio helps Indigenous artists develop their craft, and Mr Nicholls said the group had worked with Dhu-Dickie to develop his vision for the comic adaption. “With all of the artists we are always chatting to them about their work and how they see their practice developing,” he said. “For a couple of years, Layne had talked about wanting to make a cartoon of Captain Hedland because he grew up in the 2000s watching the Power Rangers and Marvel cartoons. “We worked with him and got him in touch with an animator in Perth to get some funding for him to do it.” The Scribblers on the Road festival celebrates storytelling and literature. The event is an initiative of FORM and through its works shops and activities, it aims to inspire youth to take part in creative writing. This is the first time the festival has left Perth, and its organiser Laura Motherway said it was important children in regional Australia got access to literature events like this. “We really value stories, the magic of storytelling, and creativity,” she said. “We really think that it is important that all kids across WA get to experience it. “We are taking a bunch of creatives from around Australia and the World and are bringing them into the communities where kids who don’t live in the metropolitan area are able to tap into their own creativity.” Ms Motherway said she hoped to bring the festival to different regions in WA. Famous Australian authors and illustrators led activities during the festival including Sher Rill Ng, Stig Wemyss, Steve Heron, and Briony Stewart. Local creatives Julie Arif and Elise Batchelor also took part as well as Spinifex Hill Studio artists Rekeshia Goodwin, Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Olive Joseph, and Sophia Alone. Ms Motherway said the festival placed a strong emphasis on local storytellers. “The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre storytellers will be doing some sessions on the main stage and also some of our Spinifex Hill artists will be telling stories on the main stage,” she said. “We also have a storytelling zone which will feature other local storytellers.” All the way from the US, Lev Grossman, author of the famous Magicians trilogy, led a magic writing workshop during the festival. The night before Scribblers on the Road, the Woven Together exhibition showcased the work of a multicultural group of textile artists at the Spinifex Hill Studio. During the exhibition Dhu-Dickie’s animation will be aired for the first time in Port Hedland. The animated adaption of Captain Hedland made its worldwide premiere in Darwin on August 12 at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.