Literary speed dating at Te Papa

Last week Te Papa hosted 90 students from Wellington-area schools for a special speed date. Of the literary kind.

The event starred contributors to the recent Te Papa Press publication The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous, including Dave Armstrong, James Brown, Sarah Laing and Jo Randerson, as well as children’s author Philippa Werry, and was held in association with the Writers in Schools programme run by the New Zealand Book Council.

The students were divided into groups and spent time with each author on a short writing or drawing activity. Hence the term ‘speed date’.

It was a morning of intense creativity.

Illustrator Sarah Laing and speed dating students. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Illustrator Sarah Laing and speed dating students. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Dave Armstrong worked with a group of students from his old school, Brooklyn School. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Dave Armstrong worked with a group of students from his old school, Brooklyn School. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Jo Randerson’s group used a snake in a bottle, a piece of coral and a tiger skull as the starting point for their writing. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Jo Randerson’s group used a snake in a bottle, a piece of coral and a tiger skull as the starting point for their writing. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Another skull, this time in one of Sarah Laing’s illustration workshops. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Another skull, this time in one of Sarah Laing’s illustration workshops. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

A speed dater studies his subject. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

A speed dater studies his subject. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Speed daters show their work. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Speed daters show their work. Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

Thanks to our event partners the New Zealand Book Council and our wonderful authors for making this event happen.

Find out more about The Curioseum, meet the authors and hear readings from the book

By Jean-Marie O’Donnell, Multimedia Producer

3 Responses

  1. Michel Norrish

    What a cool idea! Great photos of engaged kids at work!

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    • Lynette Hartgill

      It’s not every day that students get to learn from such amazing writers and illustrators in such a special space. Te Papa were fantastic and so were the schools that took part. Big thumbs up all round.

    • Jean-Marie O'Donnell

      Thanks Michel! It was a great day and fantastic to see the students so engrossed.

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