This article originally appeared on my previous website, aunty kym.com from my visit on 29 March 2017 – a reflection of my first public reading…
I pretended I was a rock star as I strode through the school ground to my final destination. The make it or break it point of my career. Palms sweaty, heart pumping, mind sharp and consciously recording all the surroundings in its present state, I was alert and calm.
This audience is more advanced than my material. Will I be able to pique and keep their attention? Will they be too cool? Will they find it boring? Have I incorporated my presentation in a way that engages? Am I going to get heckled by a 9 year old? Am I overthinking?
No wundah I had such fears at Nundah. I was going to tell a story about the creation of my story and then I was going to tell my story to my daughter’s class. Its ‘World First Premier’ so to speak.
Gratefully, this was not new territory to speak and present in front of people. It started when I was 19 and I call Adult Education & Training my ‘first love’. The adrenalin gives a certain buzz.
This time was vastly different – the age of my audience was much younger and the content so close to my heart. I was sharing my soul.
How did it end up? I’m still here to tell the tale and I was even asked for my autograph! Twice.
The girl that did ask for my autograph got the opportunity to embody the main character by wearing the sparkly shapes that Sunshine Poppy finds on her journey.
It’s an immersive experience reading A Stitching Story, Earth Adventure. It’s a simple and complex. It’s bright and tactile. It’s colourful and fresh. And it captivates attention. Phew.
It didn’t break me. I reckon it will remake me.
The next test drive will further answer the question … Do kids really like my story? Let’s see if they do.