Perth Modern School, WA
Sea Things, 2009
Perth Modern School is a selective school for Gifted and Talented (GAT) students, located in Subiaco, Western Australia. The school has a distinguished alumni and a strong ethos of pastoral care.
One junior years class were visited by Red Room's Artistic Director, Johanna Featherstone, for an intensive residency of two days. The students have developed poetic works on the theme of the sea; and delivered them to the Seacorp vessel, Kimberley Rose, in Fremantle in October 2009. The students' work joined a cargo of poetry gathered from around the country, which was publically opened in Sydney on November 26. The collection including their work toured maritime museums in 2010.
Johanna established The Red Room Company in 2003. Her poetry has featured in journals such as Quadrant, and the Best Australian Poems. In 2006 she created a series of literary TV shows, The Wordshed, in partnership with The University of Western Sydney where she is a research associate. Johanna is an honorary associate of The University of Sydney's School of Letters, Arts and Media. Johanna received a fellowship from the St James Ethics Center in 2008. Her chapbook Felt was released in 2010 by Vagabond Press.