Red Room Poetry Education transforms the way poetry is taught in schools and learning institutions by bringing emerging and established poets into classrooms across Australia. Through guided writing workshops we awaken imaginations, enlivening expereinces with poetry, publishing and performance.
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The Poetry Object
With over 70 schools from across Australia and New Zealand participating, The Poetry Object 2013 has been the biggest yet! We've published more than 1150 student and teacher poems about treasured objects, with all shortlisted poems now lighting up The Poetry Object exhibition at Customs House Library until January 26, 2014. We're also thrilled to announce the winners of The Poetry Object 2013 are:
Winning Poem (Primary) 'Nitro Car' by James, Yr 6, Holy Saviour School, NSW
Winning Poem (Secondary) 'My Book' by Isabella, Yr 8, Iona College, Havelock North, NZ
Winning Teacher Poem 'Magnolia' by Ms Johnson, Waterford State Primary School, QLD
Winning School Installation 'The Poet Tree' by Mid North Christian College, SA
"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
"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
"Papercuts 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
"In many ways my workshops at these high schools were some of the best experiences I have had with poetry."Dr Lachlan Brown, Papercuts Poet, 2009 & 2010
"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
"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
"The students and I consider the program transformative. Its benefits to students are exceptional."Dr Felicity Plunkett, Papercuts Poet 2010
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Positive, uplifting, emotional! I was so impressed with the student’s enthusiasm for this program. More please!"Ms. Sonia May, Endeavour Sports High School
"Candy was exceptional, she brought excitement to the class and is a brilliant performer. I loved the workshop! "student, UWS Young Writers' Day
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Bundanon Trust, NSW (2013)
As part of a special collaboration with Bundanon Trust, Red Room Poetry Education poet Tim Sinclair spent from October 14th-28th in residence working with students from Shoalhaven, Bombaderry, Nowra High Schools and the YWCA. Students explored different sites at Bundanon, composing and publishing poems that responded to themes of The Disappearing. These included the creation of ephemeral poems on leaves and in river sand, and theme poems published on The Disappearing app.
Tim Sinclair composed a poem for the schools, titled ‘Health Department FactSheet No.67(a)’, available on the app, and the Red Room website (view above in playlist). He has worked a number of projects with Red Room before and his educational prowess is clearly exhibited as he brings out the poetic abilities of these young students. With impressive restraint these students produced work that displays a remarkable talent at wielding metaphor, lyricism and, at times, humour.
The Poetry Object 2013 exhibition now open!
On a particular sunny day last week, the Red Room team proudly launched The Poetry Object 2013 exhibition at Customs House Library.
Ms Bassett, a teacher from Holy Saviour School, brought along three of her students, including James, the Primary School Winner of this year.
Our patron, Mr John B. Fairfax, graced us with his presence and a warming speech, opening the exhibition and congratulating the students for their inspiring achievements.
Each student received a small token offering from Mr Fairfax and James was also presented a framed print of his winning poem. James’ family was there to support and ...