I went to my next session after lunch in Marquee 3. It’s always an experience in the marquee’s on the oval as it’s either sweltering hot and desperately uncomfortable or wet, muddy and sweltering hot. So having been a Somerset veteran I knew what to expect. As for the presenters, I wonder what they think. I’d met Cath before and was early enough to re-introduce myself and enthuse over finally buying ‘Graffiti Moon’, which I promptly asked her to sign. I’ve already done an interview with Cath that you’ll find on the ‘Interviews Gals’ tab. As you can tell I’m a bit fan of this creative talented lady.
Summary of my day at Somerset 15th March 2018 – Part Four By Jill Smith©June 2018
12.45 to 1.30 Cath Crowley
Cath Crowley is a young adult author published in Australia and internationally. She is the author of The Gracie Faltrain trilogy, Chasing Charlie Duskin, and Graffiti Moon. In 2011, Graffiti Moon won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction, the Ethel Turner Award for Young People’s Literature, and was named an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council, Book of the Year. Cath lives in Ballarat, Victoria. Title List includes; Take Three Girls, Words in Deep Blue, Graffiti Moon.
Cath introduced herself as an author for usually fourteen-year old’s plus. Explaining her books ‘Words in Deep Blue’ and ‘Grafitti Moon’ are for this age bracket. She also admitted that she is nervous public speaking.
Graffiti Moon is about a girl in love with Shadow who she’s never met. Ed is Shadow. It’s the last night of year 12 and the group of teenagers are planning to celebrate, and maybe deal in a nocturnal activity they don’t usually do. What Show does is art. The story is about the importance of art.
In Melbourne you are allowed to be a street artist, taggers just tag their names. Cover designs can change, the yellow can is the first. The other cover is more about the art.
In school, Ed was not very good at English. He could hardly read and relied on his friend to do the words to go with his graffiti, so Poet was his night roaming cohort.
Cath needed strategies for the book, to figure out how to plot and plan how these boys would go out at night.
Falling in love can be dangerous. Art can change peoples lives. So she started with the characters.
To get a feel for her characters she drove around at night to a park near home. She got a bit lost and ended up meeting four guys who came out of nowhere, they were covered in tatts who wanted her to sign a form saying she was their mum so they could skip school.
The idea of a nighttime poet spraying poems became the voice of a character which the catalyst for the book.
She had a phone call from a graffiti artist and questions came to mind. What would it feel like to be an artist? He hadn’t told his mum about and he had an alarm but slept through it and was busted. Blue – the colour of hope was on his hands.
The graffiti artists she met would tell her their ideas for stories and she would write them down. They thought the stories were dumb, but they weren’t.
Lucy – vibrant colours – glass blowing shapes. The idea for her interest in glass blowing came from Prince Ruben Drop, you can look it up on YouTube – always forms a teardrop in ice water, top of teardrop won’t break but the tail falls apart.
Ed is tough, but pick on his reading and he gets upset.
Jazz appeared in the book when she was writing it.
When you get a red pen marking had enough respect to go through and correct. That’s the first edit. She got stuck on a girl in the basement. She deleted it then rewrote it. She deleted the whole book and rewrote it.
Cath said Phillip Pullman and J. K. Rowling inspire her. Then invited questions from the audience.
Q. What made you decide to write?
A. She was always telling stories and wrote letters to her brother.
Q. Why did you call the book Graffiti Moon?
A. While teaching I started an editing course. She was interested when her friends started talking about their characters like they were real.c
Cath finished up by saying she won’t write anything she doesn’t want out there.
Feeling – dreaming all the time. She moved to the country and found writing late. Now she dreams of writing.