Introducing the latest addition to the Fremantle Press team: Lata Periakarpan

Fremantle Press is delighted to have Lata Periakarpan interning with us for the next few months. A video whiz, writer extraordinaire and all-round creative soul, here she tells us a bit about herself.

Hi Lata, what should we know about you?

Hello! I’m a creative peanut born and raised in Perth. My parents are from Malaysia and speak Malay, but I’m still trying to learn, and so far, not so good. I grew up on movies and books, which is why I chose to study both those things at university and I now have a BA in Screen Arts and Creative Writing from Curtin University. I love to read, write and design, but when I’m not doing that I love spending time outdoors with my very playful dog Mabel.

How did you get involved with Fremantle Press?

I love Freo Press and I wanted to work with the wonderful creative team there, so I sent an expression of interest and they got back to me the next day asking me to help out. It’s been a couple of weeks now and so far I’m loving all the creative projects I get to work on.

What have you been working on?

I’ve done a bit of everything: photography, graphics, editing, videography, social media and of course, writing. A lot of the time you’ll see me taking big stacks of books out onto the streets of Fremantle to try and get aesthetic shots of them in their natural habitat, so if you see me snapping a novel, come and say hi. I have a few film projects coming up with the Press’s wonderful authors as well so watch this space.

Have you always been interested in videography?

I’ve always been interested in films, but not so much the technical side. I love the mise en scène aspect and designing what everything inside the camera frame will look like, as well as writing screenplays.

What’s something not many people know about you?

I love to dance and sing but I don’t in front of people because I can’t dance or sing!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Writing more scripts, being a part of more productions, and seeing where life takes me in the meantime.

Lata is the author of a number of our blog posts including Own Voice Authors Highlight the Importance of Diversity in Literature.

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