Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, NSW
The Poetry Object, 2015
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.
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"
Elizabeth Allen lives in Sydney where she writes and works as a bookseller. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in many major literary journals as well as in the Best Australian Poems 2012 and 2014. She is the author of a chapbook, Forgetful Hands (Vagabond Press, 2005), and a full-length collection, Body Language (Vagabond Press, 2012), which won the Anne Elder Award.
She was one of the judges of the inaugural Noel Rowe Poetry Award and carried out a writing residency at the Arteles Creative Centre in Finland during 2016. Her new poetry collection, Present, will be published by Vagabond Press later this year.