Poetry to be acted upon
FAMILY holidays, role-playing games and the funny things adults do that bewilder children.
It’s the little things you remember from being a kid that has proved a success for Kylie Weston-Scheuber.
Kylie grew up in Rockhampton and has penned some moments from her childhood memories into two books of poems.
But the poems are more like little stories to be acted out on stage.
Kylie, who is now a lawyer in Canberra, has self-published her books, called Purely Performance Poetry and Purely Performance Poetry Volume 2.
The poems are designed to be performed by various age groups and the books contain tips and tricks on how to act them out.
Kylie was inspired to write the books by her mother, Judi Scheuber, who owns a speech and drama studio in Rockhampton.
Kylie taught speech and drama and said she wanted her students to perform something that was challenging and fun.
“I wrote things for my students and for my mum so they eventually became a book,” she said.
“Most of them are humorous and the rhyming scheme ranges from very simple to perform to modern Aussie folk tales.”
Kylie said each poem was a little story based on her experiences growing up so kids could relate to them, like school camps and family holidays.
The poem We Can’t All Be Harry Potter is about when she and her siblings would play role-playing games and had to pick characters.
“I was lucky to be the eldest so I could be any character I chose,” she said.
Roadtrip is about her family holidays where she and her brother and sister would draw lines down the middle of the seats to mark their space and would not let the others look out their windows.
Then there is Grandma and the Bathmat, which is about when her grandma couldn’t get a refund from a bathmat she bought that leaked dye on her floor.
“She stood by the rack where the mats were and told everyone who walked past that they were faulty until the store gave her money back,” she said.
Kylie will launch her books this week at a Canberra book store.
Kylie’s books are available from Judi Scheuber on 4928 1225 or from the Frenchville Post Office.
Kylie will also take email orders at email@example.com.