The Curioseum Read Aloud 

Sat 8 Mar 2014,  2pm-3pm
Level 4 Workshop

Curioseum Cover Image
Cover illustration from The Curioseum

Kids, join our creative-writing and illustration workshops to celebrate the launch of The Curioseum: Collected stories of the odd and marvellous. You can also hear the authors read from the book.

Places are limited – to register, please email:

Children’s Writing Workshop
Write a small, magical story with writer Barbara Else.
Sat 8 Mar, 11am–12 noon
For ages 8 to 10

The Curioseum Read Aloud
Some of New Zealand’s best writers read from The Curioseum.
Sat 8 Mar, 2pm–3pm
For all ages, no registration required

Children’s Illustration Workshop
Want to draw comics and illustrate your own stories? Get some great ideas with illustrator Sarah Laing.
Sun 9 Mar, 11am–12 noon
For ages 8 to 12

Children’s Poetry Workshop
Kids, ignite your imagination and pen a poem about a weird and wild Te Papa object. Led by poets Frances Samuel and James Brown.
Sun 9 Mar, 1pm–2pm 
For ages 10 to 12

Children’s Writing Workshop
Write your own crazy, funny, curious museum story with storyteller Kyle Mewburn.
Sun 9 Mar, 2.30pm–3.30pm
For ages 10 to 12

All workshops are at Te Papa in the Level 4 Workshop.

About The Curioseum – the book 

The Curioseum: Collected stories of the odd and marvellous is a crazy new collection from some of New Zealand’s best authors. Their stories and poems are inspired by weird and wonderful objects in the museum.  

The Curioseum – find out more  

About the writers

Barbara Else
I like my stories to be funny and slightly mad – that helps the ideas to tumble out. Ones that have leaped onto the page so far have earned me two medals: an MNZM for Services to Literature and the Esther Glen Medal for The Travelling Restaurant.

Sarah Laing
I write comics and stories for adults, but my son often tells me I should make them for children instead. I think I might because I had a lot of fun drawing all the pictures in this book. But first I have to finish my graphic novel about Katherine Mansfield.

Frances Samuel
I live in Wellington and like reading books in the sunshine, eating chips at the beach, and making things out of paper. I write poetry and work in a museum.

James Brown
I wrote poetry at intermediate school, but not high school. I started again at university, which was also when I began reading poetry by people who weren’t dead, and have kept on going.

Kyle Mewburn
Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably already read my ‘Dinosaur Rescue’ series. (It’s very popular!) I’ve written loads of other stories too – like Old Hu-hu, Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! and Melu.

In association with New Zealand Festival Writers Week