In 2017 I was lucky enough to interview some of the 2017 Kid Curators for the Perth Writers Festival. One year later, it could be me in the author hot seat, being interviewed by the kids as part of Perth Writers Week! (How exciting!)(/me trembles in boots)
Find out more about the Curated By Kids program here.
My interview with the curators first appeared in Crinkling News.
PULLING STRINGS BEHIND WRITERS FESTIVAL CURTAIN
The hottest stars of the children’s book world will be at the mercy of ten kids this Perth Writer’s Festival.
The kid curators are a specially selected team of book lovers. They’re in charge of designing and hosting interactive sessions across the biggest day of the PWF program: Family Day.
“I was extremely happy to get in,” says Madelaine Mayo, 10. “I screamed! But I’m also a bit scared, excited, terrified. Everyone will be coming to see what we do.”
Jarvis Hicks, 11, says he was “a mess” when he found out. “I was so happy.”
By kids, for kids
The team are now working hard to brainstorm ideas and invent workshops.
“Everyone’s really nice,” says Zoe Wallin, 10. “We all read books, we all think alike. When you read, you have that imaginative thinking, so you’re a bit more creative, a bit more out-there.”
Madelaine agrees. “I love being surrounded by other people who love books.”
Each of the ten curators brings their own talents to the table.
For example, Jarvis is an illustrator and actor with experience in multiple musicals, Zoe is a keen author of horror and action-adventure and a member of her inter-school public speaking team, and Madelaine is an accomplished writer, winning last year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Make Your Own Story Book competition.
On the day, the team will be working even harder: interviewing authors and illustrators on stage, publishing book reviews on the festival blog, managing all the details behind the scenes, and then relaxing backstage in the festival Green Room to munch on cake and hobnob with the stars.
The curators were formally introduced from their front-row seats at the launch of the Perth International Arts Festival last week.
“Helping a massive festival that everyone in WA knows about… I’m quite nervous, and really excited at the same,” says Zoe.
As well as planning and hosting Family Day, the lucky ten receive training and mentoring for their roles, and book prize packs for their school and personal library.
Meet the 2017 Kid Curators
Jarvis Hicks, Host, Interviewer
- Recently read book: How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
- I most want to meet: Donovan Bixley, author/illustrator of Much Ado About Shakespeare and Lance Balchin, author/illustrator of Mechanica
Madelaine Mayo, Producer, Reviewer
- Recently read book: Nancy Drew and the Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene
- I most want to meet: James Foley, author/illustrator of Brobot
Zoe Wallin, Host, Interviewer
- Recently read book: Ratburger by David Walliams
- I most want to meet: Oliver Phommavanh, author of The Other Christy