All student poems

The School

Ogilvie High School is an all girls public high school in New Town, a suburb of Hobart in Tasmania. It is the only public all girls school in the state.

The school boasts outstanding academic success and extra curricular programs and has an enrolment of approximately 920 students.  Ogilvie High School was named as one of the top ten best schools in Australia in 2004.  

The Project

Students in Years 9 and 10 in Head of English-literacy Ms. Erika Boas' elective Writers' Workshop, will be exploring activities from the Cabinet of Lost and Found learning resource. They will complete the core activity of a poem inspired by a talismanic object.  The students will have three  writing workshop sessions with their visiting author - Esther Ottaway, together with supplementary lessons with their class teacher.  The final poems created, together with documentation about the project,  will be displayed in glass cabinets in the schools' art gallery.  The students will invite family, staff and their peers to a launch of their 'Cabinet of Lost and Found' on completition of the project.  The students published their work into a book using online publishing company Blurb.com.

The Poet

Esther Ottaway

Esther Ottaway's poetry has appeared in The Australian and leading literary journals over eight years. She was Australian Young Poet of the Year 2006 and has won a number of national poetry competitions, grants and residencies. Her debut poetry collection Blood Universe explores pregnancy and motherhood. 'Exceptionally vivid, moving, sometimes ironic, never sentimentalised, and very powerful' (Judith Beveridge). Blood Universe sells for $10 from Tasmanian bookshops or purchase through Pardalote Press. 

Esther featured in the 2008 Red Room project, Nightwrighting.