The Cranbrook School, NSW
The Disappearing, 2012
The Cranbrook School is an Anglican independent non-selective day and boarding school for boys, P–Year 12. It is located in Bellevue Hill in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The Cranbrook School encourages boys to think and act skilfully, creatively and responsibly. It seeks to provide motivation and challenge for those with academic or creative gifts, and comprehensive support for boys with learning needs. The Red Room Company’s Artistic Director Johanna Featherstone has previously worked with The Cranbrook School as a poet in residence.
Students from The Cranbrook School worked with poets Tom Lee and Astrid Lorange to create new poems that respond to The Red Room Company's public project The Disappearing. The Disappearing is a new free app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices that geo-locates poems to place. It offers students an authentic publication mode for both poetry and descriptive writing that explores and maps ideas and memories of place. Workshops utilising The Disappearing learning kit allow participants to interact with this free live app and explore learning resources that address multimodal requirements of the Australian Curriculum: English.
As part of the workshop, both poets composed a poem especially for the school. You can read Astrid's poem, 'Silvery', and Tom's poem, 'Crankbrook, Mid June', on the Red Room website (or read in playlist above).
Tom Lee is a lecturer in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney. He has a PhD in comparative literature, focusing on the innovative syntax of WG Sebald and has published on topics including cemetery design, environmental aesthetics, literary lists, Peter Sloterdijk, contemporary aesthetic theory and the prose of Cormac McCarthy.