The Curioseum is a unique collaboration between the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme and Te Papa Press. Over twenty writers began with an object in the museum’s collections and then took an imaginative leap, resulting in a quirky mix of tales and poems from some of New Zealand’s best, including Whitireia novel writing tutor and 2014 Menton Fellow, Mandy Hager.
The anthology of stories for children is edited by creative writing tutor Adrienne Jansen, who has led the Whitireia part of the partnership. The book has had great reviews, which Adrienne says is always a relief when you’re trying out an entirely new concept.
The Curioseum is also available in audio. You can hear Jo Randerson, Barbara Else, Dave Armstrong, Bill Manhire, James Brown, Kyle Mewburn, Frances Samuel and Paora Tibble read their amazing stories and poems and talk about the objects that inspired them.
You can also hear Adrienne Jansen and Jo Randerson talk about the book with Kathryn Ryan on Nine-to-Noon on National Radio.