All student poems

The School

Hornsby Girls' High School is an academically selective school, located adjacent to the central business district of Hornsby. Since its foundation in 1930, the school has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a school with a strong academic focus within a caring and supportive environment. It places emphasis on the value and potential of each and every individual and to this end, provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities and welfare programs to support the students' academic goals. The main building of the school is heritage - listed, symbolising the pride and tradition in the school. The school's history, traditions and value for academic excellence and the development of the whole person, are actively supported by the parent body and the Old Girls' Union. The development of leadership and a sense of community pride and responsibility within the students are highly valued across the school.

The Project

Over three workshops in May, poet Michelle Cahill teamed up with the Red Room Company to guide Year 7 students from Hornsby Girls' High School through selected poetry activities from the Vending Machine Poetry project. She introduced the participants to the ideas of exchange, expectation and production that are common in both vending machines and in writing poetry. By the end of the workshops, the students discovered a new, more playful perspective on poetry and creativity.

You can view the student poems here. 

Check out Michelle Cahill's poem "After Fukushima" here.

The Poet

Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is an Australian poet, the author of Night Birds (Vagabond Press, 2012), Ophelia in Harlem (Kilmog Press, 2010) and The Accidental Cage (2006) which was shortlisted in the Judith Wright Prize. Her collection Vishvarupa (Five Islands Press, 2011) was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Alec Bolton Prize and highly commended in the Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Michelle has been awarded grants from the Australia Council, Copyright Agency Limited and the Australian Society of Authors. She was CAL/UOW International Fellow at Kingston University, London and the recipient of several grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. She is founding editor of Mascara Literary Review and edited Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann, 2013). Her work has been anthologised in 30 Australian Poets (UQP) ed Felicity Plunkett, the HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, ed Sudeep Sen and Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World(Tupelo, USA).