Concord High School, NSW
Toilet Doors, 2009
Concord High School is located in Sydney's west, near Homebush Bay. The school is a co-ed campus with a recognised school newspaper and strong resources for Gifted and Talented (GAT) students. Approximately 750 students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds attend the school. There is a significant contingent (about 10%) of International students who complete their senior studies at Concord, coming mainly from Korea and China.
Concord High School first took part in Red Room Education in 2008 with performance poet Bravo Child. The successful Cabinet of Lost & Found learning resource led teacher John Turner to the Red Room Education experiment with Toilet Doors in Term 4 of 2009. John has been a dynamic promoter of the Red Room Education program, and we admire the way that he has drawn the whole school into the presence of rhe program at CHS.
The class worked with poet Ed Wright to create a re-interpretation of the Toilet Doors project. Working on ideas of guerilla poetry, the students' individual poems were placed in balloons and hidden around the school site. They created a collaborative work that was written onto an old door and suspended in the classroom for exhibition.
Ed Wright is a Sydney based writer, whose poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been widely published. In 2002, Vagabond Press published a chapbook of his poems titled The Empty Room. Between 2001 and 2004, he was a lecturer in American Literature at Tottori University in Japan. He has also taught literature at the University of Sydney, where he was awarded his Ph.D in 2000. Currently he is a frequent book reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian newspapers and a cultural commentator on 2SER-FM. He is working on both non-fiction books and a novel and when not doing this plays harmonica and lead vocals in a country blues duo.
Listen to Ed read his poem featured in the 2006 Toilet Door Poetry project.