by Tallis Baker, Age 16, Australia
Artwork by Lucy Zhang
The drama prompt for August was to write a scene with two characters around the theme “picnic.”
PABLO and VINCENT have seen each other in the aisle of the shopping centre.
VINCENT: Oh, hi.
PABLO: Are you going to the artists’ picnic tomorrow?
VINCENT: I’m thinking about it. You?
PABLO: Wouldn’t miss it for the world.
VINCENT: What are you bringing?
PABLO: Well, I was thinking I’d bring along an old-fashioned easel and some paint. I’m hoping someone will bring a canvas.
VINCENT: I’m not quite sure that’s what they mean when they say BYO.
PABLO: Nonsense! Everyone will be bringing that kind of stuff! At least, I hope they do, because I’ve only got one easel.
There is a pause while VINCENT checks his phone.
PABLO: Never got the hang of those things. I’m always sure they’ll blow up in my face. I don’t know why the people of this century are always cluttering the world with useless gadgets.
VINCENT: Leonardo’s going. I might go, after all.
PABLO: What are you bringing?
VINCENT: Well, I was going to bring a cheese platter, but now I think I’ll bring some paint brushes. People always forget those.
Tallis says, “I wouldn’t describe writing as something I want to do, even though it is. It’s something I have to do.”