All student poems

The School

Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College is an independent Catholic secondary day school for girls, Years 7 to 12, conveniently located in the heart of North Sydney, Australia. Monte is grounded in the Mercy values – which encompass compassion, respect for others, justice and service.

The Project

Over two workshops on April 24, poets Eileen Chong and Elizabeth Allen joined The Red Room Company to ignite new poetic possibilities with Year 8 students from Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College. Eileen and Elizabeth led 50 students in writing activities inspired by the Poetry Object learning resource. Students tapped into previously undiscovered wonders in their favourite objects, drawing magic and mystery from the mundane. 

Read the students Poetry Object poems here

Discover Eileen Chong's Poetry Object piece, "Face-washer"

The Poet

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen's poetry has been published in several Australian literary journals and magazines including HEAT, HermesHobo and Southerly. A chapbook of her poetry, Forgetful Hands, was published by Vagabond Press, 2005. She has participated in the RED ROOM EDUCATION project and she is currently working towards a longer collection.

Elizabeth is studying for a Masters of Teaching at Sydney University so she might one day be a primary school teacher. She also works voluntarily for Vagabond Press as part of their production and launch team.