Red Room Poetry Education
Blooming in the spring
From a country called Japan
Flowered Bonsai tree
Bonsai by Joseph, Year 5, Waterford State Primary School, QLD, 2013
Red Room Poetry Education inspires students from Years 3-12 and their teachers to create, perform and publish poetry. We enliven experiences with poetry by bringing contemporary poets into classrooms across Australia to run intensive writing workshops that awaken imaginations, support creative opportunities and curriculum outcomes.
Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry-writing competition for students in Years 3-10. Red Room Poetry Object invites young writers and their teachers to submit poems about objects that hold special significance to them. In 2013 Red Room Poetry Object linked over 70 school communities and published 1200 student and teacher poems. Find out more.
Red Room Poetry Education is proudly supported by The Graeme Wood Foundation.
"Too often students encounter poetry in faded anthologies or as analytical tasks. What a privilege it is to hear poetry in the air, from a real, live poet’s mouth. "Ms. ALex Lawson, English and Literature Teacher, Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator for English Department, St Mary's Anglican Girls' School
"Positive, uplifting, emotional! I was so impressed with the student’s enthusiasm for this program. More please!"Ms. Sonia May, Endeavour Sports High School
"The students and I consider the program transformative. Its benefits to students are exceptional."Dr Felicity Plunkett, Red Room Company poet
"In many ways my workshops at these high schools were some of the best experiences I have had with poetry."Dr Lachlan Brown, Red Room Company poet
"The whole experience was wonderful! There was a real buzz in the playground after the event and there were students speaking about it, even today. "Imelda Judge, NSWETA PD Committee Manager, Macquarie Fields High School
"It’s always a pleasure to work with so passionate and committed an organisation as The Red Room Company. When you combine that with the opportunity to engage students in digging out the poetry that’s lurking at the back of their brains, you have a truly winning combination. "Tim Sinclair, Poet
"The children were very excited to learn today that they have been published! Thank you for your support along the way and for supporting the creativity of our students. They have gained so much confidence from being involved. "Bettina Croft, Kensington Public School
"Most of our girls have started the creative writing process and are enjoying the experience. Thank you for providing them with a genuine reading audience, an opportunity to be published and for the fabulous 'getting started' ideas. "Christine Herzog-Lewis, Learning Support, Star of The Sea College
"...it brings a great realisation that anyone can be a poet and we can’t be scared to share our creativity "Student, Year 9, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, NSW
"It made me appreciate what a powerful tool poetry was... there was so much opening up, respect, and sharing, from the most unlikely group of poets!"Sarah Johnston, Mt Carmel High School
"As a poet working with The Red Room Company, I have been privileged to see the impact of their poetry education program on young people. Red Room helps poets and students connect, explore and engage with poetry on a level unlike anything else I've seen. As a writer, it's inspiring to witness it!"Candy Royalle, Poet
"Candy was exceptional, she brought excitement to the class and is a brilliant performer. I loved the workshop! "Student, UWS Young Writers' Day
"The Red Room Company... brings poetry to where students are and to where their interests lie, and then transports them beyond."Eva Gold, Executive Director, ETA NSW
"Poet Luke Beesley gave me, the ‘teacher’ (aka, the learner) new ways to talk/think/appreciate/write/share poetry."Natalie Bellis, Head Teacher, The Peninsula School
"I used the poetry cards with a Year 9 class yesterday and they were a huge hit. Students finished one card and then swapped with others... Absolutely fantastic!"Bryan, Teacher, Wollongong High School
"The Red Room Company provides the right environment and stimuli for students to discover their talent."Ann Ding, Year 10 student at Pymble Ladies' College
"The program is enormously flexible and can easily be adapted to suit the needs of the school…. It provides opportunities for differentiation and accommodates a range of learning styles"Maura Manning, Head of Teaching and Learning, Pymble Ladies' College
"I recently saw this program on display in Melbourne... It seemed to spark the students' interest in language and verse to a degree I had not anticipated."Professor Geoffrey Blainey, The Ian Potter Foundation
Tamryn Bennett (Education Manager) Email: email@example.com Phone: 02 9319 5090
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ABCN - Leumeah High School
ABCN and Red Room Poetry Education recently teamed up to create a unique workshop series that explores themes of home. In workshops led by celebrated Red Room poet Candy Royalle, mentors from Genworth and Year 10 students from Leumeah High School mapped connections with memory, community, character and the heart-strings that tie us to different places. The workshop participants were guided through various writing and performance activities to create and share a collection of poems that celebrate home – the things we love, those that make us laugh, what we hope to change and how we aspire to live. These poems were then compiled into an anthology called Finding Home, which was launched at Leumeah High School on 28th October 2014.
You can read Candy's home-inspired poem here.
Kelly-Lee Hickey at Centralian Senior College
I never completed high school. I have no formal qualifications in literature. Everything I have learnt about poetry is through trial and error – much like the rest of my life. This is what I tell my students Poetry is not about fancy words; it's about having something to say. I tell them that I wrote to get the confusion out of my body, that editing my words helped me understand what they meant. They roll their eyes and open their books and begin to write a poem that no one will ever see.
The hardest part is getting started ...